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International Day of the Disappeared 2021

Posted on 27th August 2021


International Day of the Disappeared is held every year on the 30th August. It gives the chance for the world to recognise the numbers of people missing through conflict, disaster and migration and to show solidarity to their family and loved ones.

718 missing people have been found with the help of the British Red Cross in the last 3 years.

Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within a society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared. It also affects their communities and society.

Enforced disappearance is a global problem and is not restricted to any specific region of the world. Once largely the product of military dictatorships, enforced disappearances can now be perpetrated in complex situations of internal conflict, especially as a means of political repression of opponents.

Special consideration must be paid to specific groups of especially vulnerable people, like children and people with disabilities.

Read more at the united Nations Web site

Given the current global conflict situation observing this day has never been more important.

Seven years ago on April 14th , armed Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 school girls in the remote Nigerian town of Chibok. There are still more than 100 girls missing.