Daily Digest, 26 June 2019

Iraq: exhumations in Sinjar

Kurdistan 24 reports on a visit by Dutch Ambassador Matthijs Wolters to the village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq, accompanied by representatives of ICMP and UNITAD. Da’esh massacred and abducted hundreds of Yezidis in Kocho in 2014. The Government of Iraq, UNITAD and ICMP are collecting evidence and exhuming mass graves in the village. https://bit.ly/2XxYB9z

Malaysia: task force to investigate disappearance

The Malaysian authorities are to announce that a special task force will investigate the February 2017 abduction of Raymond Koh, a Christian pastor, and Amri Che Mat in November 2016, The Star Online reports. The task force will have a six-month mandate. https://bit.ly/2IN1Amx

Bangladeshi migrants in Tunisia sent home

The Guardian reports that more than 30 migrants from Bangladesh who were trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks have been sent to their home country against their will, according to relatives. They were among 75 migrants rescued on 31 May, and have spent 20 days at sea near the Tunisian coast. On 18 June, the 75 migrants, who included Egyptians, Moroccans and Sudanese, were taken off the Maridive 601 and transferred to a Tunisian detention center. https://bit.ly/2JdzYGm

More than 600,000 go missing in the US

In 2018, 612,846 missing persons cases were entered in the US National Crime Information Center records, Fox 13 reports. Of these, 85,459 cases were active on the last day of 2018. https://bit.ly/2LlLu4X

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.