London: families search for the missing relatives

Alex Brown

LONDON: Families and friends of foreign nationals missing after Thursday's bomb blasts continue to stream into London, seeking to find evidence that their loved ones have survived or, in many depressing cases, to confirm their deaths.

From Turkey and the U.S., Poland to Australia, they have arrived, posting photographs on walls near blast sites and visiting hospitals in the hope of finding information on the fate of those still missing.

Polish embassy staff have confirmed that their switchboard had been flooded with calls since Thursday. Ten of their citizens remain unaccounted for. In addition to the documented cases of Karolina Gluck, Monika Suchoka and Ania Brandt, a Polish embassy spokesman confirmed on Tuesday night that Kamila Grabowska, Jakub Husaim, Jolanta Jawornik, Robert Kaminski, Adam Kozakowski, Piotr Marcin Monko and Krzyzpof Sierpinski were also among the missing.

Among the families and friends of the missing to arrive in London were the parents of Anat Rosenberg, the mother of Gamze Gunoral from Turkey and Slimane Ihab's father from France.

``Any news of child?'' asked a member of Mr. Ihab's family in broken English, audibly shaken when contacted in Lyon. Mr. Ihab, a 19-year-old waiter who had recently arrived in London, is understood to have been on a Piccadilly line train from Finsbury Park around the time of the bombing.

His father, Mohammed, is still scouring London in the quest for answers.

The parents of the 39-year-old Ms. Rosenberg have joined her boyfriend, John Faulding, in an attempt to find her.

Tour guide

David Matsushita, father of the missing tour guide Michael Matsushita, flew in from New York — the city his son left after the September 11 attacks.

His son is thought to have been on a Piccadilly line train at the time of the blasts. A foreign language casualty helpline has been set up. —

© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004

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