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THE BRITISH Red Cross has launched a creative writing competition to commemorate people who have gone missing throughout the world in situations of violence and armed conflict.

Each year the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) presents a stark reminder that thousands of families across the world are still unaware of the fate of missing family members.

Emily Knox, head of the international family tracing service, said: “This competition offers a great way of encouraging people to actively engage with the spirit of the day, and show support for those whose loved ones are missing as a result of armed conflict.”

The theme of the competition is ‘Found’ and all entries – whether stories, poems or personal accounts – should be no more than 500 words. There are two categories: adult and young persons (aged 18 or below on 30 August 2013).

The winning entry in each category will receive a £100 Amazon gift voucher. Two runners-up in each category will receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher.

The closing date for the competition is 18 July and the two eventual winners will be announced on the day itself on 30 August.

The British Red Cross found 240 missing people in 2012. The main conflicts that separated these families related to the situations in Afghanistan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka and the Second World War.

For more information on the competition, please click here.

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