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Hampshire Red Cross to mark special day to remember missing persons
3:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE’S Red Cross is gearing up to mark the Day of the Disappeared.
Giant ‘wish you were here’ postcards will be seen in the county as part of the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30.
It is a United Nations-recognised day for individuals who have gone missing in armed conflicts or situations of violence and whose fate is unknown.
The giant postcard depicts a family portrait with a semi-transparent, ‘missing’ father at its core.
The image symbolises the situation faced by 25 people across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Surrey, who the Red Cross are currently supporting in their search for missing family members.
In Hampshire the Red Cross international family tracing service works mostly with the Afghan, Nigerian and Eritrean communities, but is also supporting people from Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo and, in some instances, British people wishing to trace family abroad.
Azalia Gosling, from Southampton, who has worked with the organisation for more than 30 years, said: “Volunteering for these specific services can be quite traumatic, but at the same time incredibly rewarding. For me it’s what the Red Cross is all about – refusing to ignore people in crisis.”
Last year the British Red Cross traced and found 240 people from countries all across the world.
For more information about international family tracing please contact Malcolm Little on 08450547222.
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