The British Red Cross has introduced a multilingual section to its web site to help reunite families separated by conflict or disasters.
The International Tracing and Message Service will be available in 12 languages including Arabic, Serbian and Farsi, spoken in war-torn Afghanistan. It will help family members to trace and send messages to lost relatives after normal means of communication have broken down.
"Many of our clients prefer to use their first language in such difficult times," said Wolla Bargee, service access officer at the British Red Cross.
"The new pages will make it easier for them to find out how we can help."
The site, which previously only carried information in English, will boast five more languages by May, bringing it level with the charity's leaflet and poster material, currently available in 17 languages.
The web site address is www.redcross.org.uk.