Press Release —Local May 27, 2021

Lost and Found – reuniting lost children with their parents

Lost and Found documentary, located in the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, is screened on Sunday 30 May at 12:50h at the World Village festival. In the discussion after the movie representatives from three UN agencies, IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF, discuss about the situation of forcibly displaced people, in particular children. The Finnish UN Association is also part of the production.

When the Rohingyas fled the persecution and violence in Myanmar for their lives, many children got lost from their families. Kamal Hussein, a Rohingya who has fled for his life too, has dedicated his life to reuniting lost children with their family members in the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Lost and Found documentary, directed by the award winning Orlando von Einsiedel, shows the life in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Among the people who have been targeted by the ethnic cleansings perpetrated by the Myanmar military, Hussein brings hope not only to the children and families who are reunited, but to himself as well.

Lost and Found has been awarded in several movie festivals. The director von Einsiedel is known for the Oscar winning films The White Helmets and Virunga.

The movie is followed by a discussion in which IOM Bangladesh Deputy Chief of Mission Manuel Marques Pereira tells how the reconstruction of the camps are going after the fires damaging the several camps in March. Furthermore, he describes the life in the camps from children’s point of view and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the situation.

Jessica Möttö, a lawyer from the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR’s Nordic and Baltic countries’ representation tells about children’s rights and gives a snapshot of the situation of forcibly displaced people around the world.

The moderator of the discussion is Emma Rahikainen from UNICEF Finland. She works as school ambassador. In addition, the Finnish UN Association is part of the production team.

You can watch the movie and follow the discussion on Sunday 30 May at 12:50 pm at the virtual World Village festival. The platform can be accessed on the World Village festival website.

Lost and Found trailer can be watched here.

Welcome to talk about the movie and ask questions about our work in the virtual UN Village. IOM staff will be available there on Saturday 11–13 and 14–18, and on Sunday 11–16. You can enter the UN Village here.