The following stories commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared 2015. Browse through them to learn more about how disappearance impacts families, and understand how the ICRC and National Societies offer their support. Sharing these stories helps the ICRC give a voice to the disappeared and their families.
ICRC feature film for the International Day of the Disappeared 2015:
"A Life on Hold - Addressing the needs of families of the missing"
Experiences of families of the missing from Uganda, Mexico and Georgia.
Uganda: Remembering the missing in Kitgum
Over 800 people took part in an ICRC commemorative event held in Kitgum. It was the first major event of its kind to remember those who went missing in Northern Uganda between 1986 and 2006.
Brazil: Remembering Loved Ones
Many Brazilian families still deal with the anguish of not knowing what became of their loved ones; holding on to only the memories.
Mexico: Soledad's story - in search of her missing brother
Soledad's brother left the family village to seek work in the United States. On his way he was kidnapped and never heard of since.
Sri Lanka: The tale of a team
A team of eight young field officers hope to eventually give answers to the families of missing persons in Sri Lanka.
Azerbaijan: A Garden of Memories
For Nanagiz, the pain of her husband’s disappearance has been hard to bear. Sharing her experience with other families of missing persons allows her to regain her strength.
Kamo's mother single-handedly took care of the family when her husband disappeared. Since she died, Kamo has worked hard like she did to create a sustainable livelihood.
Armenia: Trees as living memories
Families of missing persons often have no place to mourn them. In the central park of Armavir they gathered to plant ash trees in memory of their loved ones.
Thousands are missing and thousands are missing them. The ICRC collects detailed information that may help clarify the fate of missing persons in Lebanon.
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