There is no verified number of missing people in Ukraine. The ICRC estimates that around 1,500 persons have gone missing since the beginning of the conflict in 2014. What’s for sure is that each and every one is a tragedy. Shown in Severodonetsk, Sloviansk, Odesa, and Kyiv and soon in Vienna, Prague, and Brussels, this exhibition is devoted to missing persons and their families on both sides of the contact line. Uncertainty as to whether their relatives are alive or dead causes families intense stress and suffering. There is an urgent need to find answers. Families have the right to know.

The exhibition of Brendan Hoffman’s photos together with the stories of the families who are searching for their relatives is on display from 12 until 26 September in Mariupol in the Drama Theatre public garden.

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A visitor of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Nicolas Fleury, Deputy Head of ICRC Delegation in Ukraine, giving a speech at the opening of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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A visitor of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Visitors of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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A mother who is searching for her son tells her story at the opening of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Visitors of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Visitors of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Visitors of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Families and the ICRC staff members at the opening of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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Visitors of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017

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A visitor of the photo exhibition “Uncertainty. Families of the Missing on both Sides of the Contact Line”, Mariupol, Donetsk region, 12 September 2017