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Justo - Uganda

"Charlie Olara, my son, was my firstborn. He went missing in 1998."

"I felt my heart bleed and everyone in my family felt sick,” says Justo. “Even now, I have severe pain in my heart. I have not received any news of him since. I don’t know if I can still hope or not,” says the 72-year-old.

“This bag is Charlie’s. I keep it in his memory. The day I’ll know he is dead, I’ll take it to my wife’s family and we’ll share the grief and bring back Charlie’s spirit to his home. Only then will we be able to use the bag again.”

All over the world Red Cross teams help families search for their loved ones missing because of war, conflict, disaster and migration.

Photo:ICRC/Martina Bacigalupo/CC BY-NC-ND. Meet more of the people featured in our Stories of Life series.

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