Daily World News Digest, 13 March 2015

Memorial Forest in memory of Srebrenica Victims

The Klix.ba news portal reported on 12 March that the community of Gorazde in easter Bosnia and Herzegovina will pay tribute to the victims of genocide in Srebrenica by planting a Memorial Forest with 8,372 trees to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre. The aim is to create a permanent memorial. The landscaped complex will cover 4.3 hectares. Work will formally begin on 19 March at 10:15 pm, when the first trees will be planted. http://bit.ly/1Cbc2Lj

EU seeks solutions to Mediterranean crisis

The BBC reported on 12 March on the expected surge in illegal migration across the Mediterranean as spring improves the weather prospects for the crossing. The report refers to “Men, women and children screaming, praying and, appallingly, many dying, in clapped out old boats,” and notes that “Waves and waves” of migrants will be sent across the Mediterranean “by smugglers, who are so keen to squeeze the last cent out of the desperate that not even children are offered life jackets.” About 3,500 people died last year trying to reach Europe by sea, mainly from the Middle East, with 200,000 surviving the journey. Some NGOs believe that the figure could reach one million in 2015. http://bbc.in/1x0K3NZ

Missing, kidnapped, trafficked children in China

The Guardian carried a follow-up report on 12 March prompted by this week’s BBC story about child trafficking in China. It says that kidnapping and child trafficking have been a problem in modern China since at least the 1980s. The domestic “adoption” market for kidnapped children is bolstered by the fact that some parents would rather buy a son than pay the fines required to continue having children until they produce one, the report says. But traditional attitudes are a significant part of the problem too. At the forefront is China’s traditional preference for sons over daughters, while in some parts of China, there is also a perception that children can be moved to new families based on supply and demand. http://bit.ly/1FhGnZt

Australia’s “Help Find Me” campaign

The Herald Sun newspaper in Australia reports today on the “Help Find Me” application, which automatically launches the profile and image of a missing person when the search function on a participating website is used. A link also allows people to report new information. The paper notes that use of high-traffic websites search bars donated by Australian corporations has been key to the success of the application. The Help Find Me project is led by Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) and Singapore’s Grey Group. MPAN founder Loren O’Keeffe said a recently concluded seven-day stint of the program, which highlighted 50 cases, had been a success. “The initiative is ongoing and we will continue to encourage corporate and individuals to get behind it.” http://bit.ly/1HQ9VwD

Scientists confirm discovery of Miguel de Cervantes’s body in Madrid

Spanish News Today reports today that after a four-year investigation, scientists appear to have located the mortal remains of Miguel Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, in the grounds of a Madrid convent. Hopes were raised in January when a board which could have been part of a coffin was found in the crypt of the Church of the Trinity bearing the initials M.C. Further analysis indicated that the remains actually belonged to both Miguel de Cervantes and his wife; Catalina de Salazar. http://bit.ly/1MxyP70

Items in 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.