Light a candle for the Missing

Published on: Aug 30th, 2016 • Source: The International Comission on Missing Persons (ICMP)


Tuesday 30 August 2016 is the International Day of the Disappeared.

Light a candle for the MissingEvery year, millions of people around the world go missing because of conflict, human rights abuses, people trafficking, migration, natural disasters, climate change and other causes. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization exclusively mandated to address this issue. It works to secure the co-operation of governments and other authorities in locating and identifying persons who go missing.

Please light a virtual candle by sharing the attached photo on 30 August with #candleforthemissing and participate in remembering those who have gone missing. This simple gesture will reflect and support the enduring hope that – no matter how much time may have passed – the fate of missing loved ones will be resolved. It will send a message of solidarity to families and friends and a message to the responsible authorities that they must do everything in their power to account for the missing.

As a result of conflicts in former Yugoslavia, more than 40 thousand people were reported missing. Three thirds of those, more than 30 thousand, were reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 70 percent of those were found and identified. However, there are still 12 thousand families in the region without any clues about destiny of their beloved ones... It is estimated that at least 60,000 persons have gone missing in Syria since the beginning of the civil war. Estimates run from a quarter of a million to one million people missing in Iraq from decades of conflict and human rights abuses.

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