Reconnecting Families Separated by War and Disasters Overseas
The American Red Cross helps families that have been torn apart by war or disaster, whether recently or as far back as World War II. The pain of separation is enormous when you do not know if your loved ones are alive or suffering. From the delivery of simple messages like “I am alive” to incredible reunions of Holocaust survivors after more than 60 years, our services have brought comfort to thousands of families.
The chaos and confusion of war and disaster can separate families when they need each other most. When this happens, the Red Cross joins the search across international borders, offering a unique service that allows families to reconnect.
American Red Cross caseworkers around the U.S. help families locate missing relatives by working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in nearly every country around the world.
Once a family member is found, the Red Cross helps them reconnect. In 2011, the American Red Cross assisted more than 5,300 families trying to renew critical links between family members in the U.S. and around the world.