The GRC TRACING SERVICE...
supports people who have become separated from their family due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, escape, displacement or migration.
It helps to trace family members, to put them back in contact and to reunite families.
International Day of the Disappeared 2022
#NoTraceOfYou: Missing but not forgotten.
Remembering missing migrants. Supporting their families.
This horrifying figure – equivalent to the capacity of an ocean liner, or a football stadium stand – represents only documented cases. The actual number of people missing along the migratory route to Europe is much higher. Since 2014, tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared, never to be heard from again. Their families must endure the daily pain of waiting for news, clinging on to hope.
As long as people are forced to risk their lives on dangerous migratory routes, the human toll will continue to rise.
Core mission of tracing service more important than ever
Countless refugees throughout the world have gone missing without a trace. On the 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared, the German Red Cross (GRC) is spotlighting its tracing service – one of its core activities. “For each missing person, there is a whole family desperate for information. The Red Cross helps relatives trace loved ones worldwide. Last year, the GRC alone processed around 1,730 international tracing requests. The main countries of origin continue to be Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Iraq, and Ukraine has also been added to the list this year. Since January we have received approximately 700 requests in total. Due to the many prolonged and serious crises across the globe, it is all the more important to make the work of our tracing service better known to those in need of it,” says Gerda Hasselfeldt, President of the German Red Cross.