Daily World News Digest 13 January 2020

Migrants missing on US border

The Guardian reports on efforts by experts and students from the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University to exhume and identify the remains of migrants who have died “from exposure, thirst or illness in the wilderness” and been buried on the US-Mexico border. The project’s mission statement notes that “alarming numbers of deceased persons have been buried as ‘unknown’ without proper analysis or DNA collection, leaving no hope for identification or repatriation.” http://bit.ly/3a7BLJm

Nepal: transitional justice

Victims of the decade-long civil war in Nepal say the government is reviving the stalled transitional justice process without adequately considering the voice of victims, as consultations on relevant legislation are being held at provincial rather than village level, Aljazeera reports. More than 16,000 people were killed and about 1,400 disappeared during the conflict, which ended in 2006. http://bit.ly/36K7HS9

Migrants drown trying to reach Greece, Italy

Eleven migrants, eight of them children, have drowned off the west coast of Turkey after the boat taking them to Greece capsized, Deutsche Welle reports. Eight of the 19 migrants aboard the small vessel swam ashore or were saved. http://bit.ly/35RKrQJ

Aljazeera reports that at least 12 people drowned when a boat carrying asylum seekers sank in the Ionian Sea, according to Greece’s coast guard,. Authorities said the boat took on water near the island of Paxi during an apparent attempt to reach Italy. http://bit.ly/2uEKbHX

Migrants rescued off Libyan coast

The Associated Press reports that 72 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya by the Spanish Rescue Group Open Arms on Friday. The migrants included 15 pregnant women, children and babies. The charity said the migrants were from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Mali and Guinea. http://bit.ly/2NmzcJJ

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.