Remembering the missing at Sheffield tree-planting ceremony

The South Yorkshire Branch of the British Red Cross planted a tree of remembrance in the grounds of Meersbrook Park Walled Garden on Friday in memory of people missing because of military conflicts and disasters around the world.
The South Yorkshire Branch of the British Red Cross planted a tree of remembrance in the grounds of Meersbrook Park Walled Garden on Friday in memory of people missing because of military conflicts and disasters around the world.
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Memories of people missing after wars and natural disasters were kept alive with a tree-planting ceremony in Sheffield.

The South Yorkshire branch of the British Red Cross charity planted a tree in the walled garden at Meersbrook Park as part of International Day of the Disappeared, when events are held across the world to remember missing loved ones.

Volunteers also held a minute’s silence.

The day helps to highlight the work of the Red Cross’s international family tracing service, which helps to restore contact between families separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration.

Becky Lehane, the Red Cross’ international family tracing coordinator in Yorkshire, said: “Every year, hundreds of people across the world go missing due to conflict situations or disasters. And for those relatives left behind, not knowing the fate of their loved ones becomes an ever-present anguish.

“It’s hard to imagine what another year of waiting for news and resolution will mean for the families of the disappeared.”

Claire James, a volunteer for the Red Cross international family tracing team in South Yorkshire, said: “I hope that the day brings a sense of comfort and inspires hope in the individuals affected, but that it also raises awareness of the distressing circumstances people have found themselves in.”