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Mon 26 Jan 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm
Tue 27 Jan 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm
Wed 28 Jan 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm
Thu 29 Jan 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm
Fri 30 Jan 2015, 12:00am–12:00pm

Where: Brookfield Place Perth, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: psquared

The tragedy of war and heartbreak of separation take centre stage in a photography exhibition showing in the Perth CBD throughout January and February.

Almost 20 years after the wars in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and 13 years after the end of the conflict in Kosovo, thousands of people are still missing. This Red Cross exhibition tells the story of some of those who are unaccounted for.

The photos, by award-winning British photographer Nick Danziger, document the plight of families waiting for news of loved ones – each photograph is accompanied by a description of the missing person and their family’s search for answers.

‘An estimated 140,000 people – a quarter of whom vanished and were reported missing by their families - lost their lives during the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s. As at last year almost 15,000 people remained unaccounted for,’ says Ms Alenka Jeram, Program Coordinator, Migration Support Programs, Australian Red Cross.

The International Committee of the Red Cross exhibition, first shown in London in 2010, is touring WA in 2015/2016.

‘These are powerful photos, they show the strength of those still searching for their loved ones, as well as documenting the work of Red Cross and other organisations to trace the missing,’ says Ms Jeram.

Under international humanitarian law, authorities on all sides of a conflict have a legal duty to take every step to determine the fate of those who are missing and to pass this information on to their families. This exhibition highlights the human consequences of what happens when these rules are not respected.

Red Cross Tracing Service works across international borders to help families separated by war, conflict or disaster to re-establish contact with lost loved ones, exchange family news, and clarify the fate of the missing. It operates in 189 countries, including Australia.