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Sydney exhibition: Red Cross celebrates 100 years of reuniting lost loved ones


Australian Red Cross opens a special exhibition in Sydney to celebrate the stories of a service that's been reconnecting loved ones separated by war, conflict, disaster and migration for 100 years.

Thursday July 7, 2016

Sydney exhibition: Red Cross celebrates 100 years of reuniting lost loved ones
Sydney exhibition: Red Cross celebrates 100 years of reuniting lost loved ones

From the battlefields of Gallipoli to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, from the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to current crises in Syria and Yemen, the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service has helped thousands of people across the world reconnect with their loved ones.

To mark a century of this special service, Red Cross brings a free exhibition to Sydney after successful runs at the Immigration museum in Melbourne and the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide. The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service highlights the history of the service and shares the heartbreaking and uplifting stories of some of those it has helped and will run at Blacktown Arts Centre from 21 June -16 September 2016.

"Every day people all over the globe are separated from their loved ones-their lives turned upside.Not knowing where your family is, if they are even alive, can be devastating, and leaves people feeling lost, helpless and unable to move on with their lives. The impact of separation can be as crippling as any landmine or bullet," says Megan Goodwin, National Manager, International Tracing Service, Australian Red Cross.

"The international Red Cross Red Crescent Movement believes people have the right to know the fate or whereabouts of missing family members. Using Red Cross' network in 189 countries, we can search for the missing all over the world and get messages to places where formal postal services don't operate, where telephones don't work and where others cannot go.

"We hear heartbreaking stories all the time: people who have fled war; children forced from their parents at gunpoint; husbands disappearing on their way to work. Over the last 100 years, thousands of people have been reunited with their loved ones thanks to the painstaking detective work of Red Cross staff and volunteers all over the world. This exhibition is a celebration of that work and brings together just some of the incredible stories made possible by this very special service."

The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service

Find out more at redcross.org.au/tracingcentenary  

Where: Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre, Civic Plaza, Flushcome Road, Blacktown, NSW 2148 Google map 

Phone: 1300 302 858
www.blacktownaustralia.com.au

When: 21 June-16 September 2016 (10am-3pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Closed public holidays)

Cost: FREE

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