Communication/Awareness Raising

No Trace of You

Thematic Area
Families / The Search Process
Advocacy / Family Needs / Migration

Is he dead or alive? The endless waiting, coupled with the mixture of hope and worry that families of missing people experience, constitute what psychologists describe as “ambiguous loss”. Without proof of what has happened to their loved ones, people cannot begin to grieve. No matter how much time has passed, families need support and answers to mentally recover and start to move on. It is primarily the responsibility of States to provide answers to families.