Daily World News Digest, 07 May 2018

Unidentified casualties of the battle for Mosul

The BBC reports from Mosul on the human cost of the fight against Da’esh. In the months since the city’s liberation by Iraqi government forces, rebuilding and recovery has been hampered by enduring communal divisions, while unidentified bodies of those killed in the final battle still lie in the streets. https://bbc.in/2FPsyFg

Rwanda: ways of identifying the missing

Forensic anthropologists are facing significant challenges in identifying the human remains found in four mass graves that were recently found in Rwanda. Without dental or fingerprint records, they are relying on items people may have had with them at the time of death. https://n.pr/2reOIwu

Human Rights Watch calls on UAE to disclose whereabouts of princess

Human Rights Watch has called on the United Arab Emirates authorities to reveal immediately the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa bin Mohammad al-Maktoum, the 32-year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai, and clarify her legal status. HRW says the failure to disclose the whereabouts and status of the princess could qualify as enforced disappearance, as she was reportedly last seen on 4 March being detained by UAE authorities. https://bit.ly/2KG8t85

Mediterranean migrant arrivals reach 22,439 in 2018; 615 fatalities

The International Organization for Migration reports that 22,439 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 122 days of 2018, with around 42 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (38 percent) and Spain (20 percent). This compares with 45,540 arrivals across the region through the same period last year and 184,793 at this time in 2016. https://bit.ly/2HWOXCE

Doctors without Borders: migrant center in Libya is ‘inhumane’

The Doctors without Borders organization has expressed concern about the fate of hundreds of migrants and refugees, including women and children, being held in a dangerously overcrowded detention center in Libya. The group says these people are being kept in inhumane conditions without adequate food or water, adding that more than 500 people have been detained in the past two weeks alone, far exceeding the center’s capacity. https://bit.ly/2KD3zZr

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.