Daily World News Digest, 18 April 2017

Vietnam: mass grave from the 1968 found

Viet Nam News reported on Friday that a mass grave containing remains of some 150 Vietnamese casualties from the 1968 Tet offensive was discovered on Thursday in the southern province of Đồng Nai. The grave was identified following directions from two US veterans who originally witnessed the burial of the bodies. http://bit.ly/2oirSAv

Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

CNN carried a report yesterday on a “record-breaking” weekend of maritime rescues between Italy and Libya. On Sunday evening, the Italian Coast Guard estimated the number of those rescued since Friday was approaching 7,000, though this number will certainly grow as a stream of rubber dinghies and rickety wooden fishing vessels were still being spotted off the coast of Libya. The European Union’s border control agency Frontex and NGOs have traded criticisms regarding a lack of assistance for migrant vessels in difficulties. http://cnn.it/2puEsh8

Myanmar to close refugee camps

The Nation newspaper from Thailand reports today that thousands of people uprooted by violence in Rakhine State in Western Myanmar are being moved again after a government announcement that refugee camps are being closed. These people sought shelter five years ago amid violent conflict between Buddhists and Muslims. Many fled the to the Bangladeshi border, but the government in Dhaka has been reluctant to accept them. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan led a Commission that recommended that the Myanmar government formulate a comprehensive plan to close the displacement camps as part of any attempt to curb festering communal tensions. It noted that efforts to relocate the more than 120,000 internally displaced persons in the camps had “shown little progress” since 2012. http://bit.ly/2oHo91Y

UNHCR calls on Nigerian government to protect IDPs

The Guardian newspaper from Nigeria reports today that more than 3,000 Internally Displaced Persons are allegedly facing security threats in Taraba State, on the border with Cameroon. UNHCR officials said yesterday that relevant authorities assigned to protect women and children had abandoned their responsibilities to the church. They urged the Federal Government to expedite action so that the displaced persons can return home to continue their farming.  http://bit.ly/2ojl8Ck

Many missing in Sri Lanka landslide

ABC News reported yesterday that some 100 people are trapped under the mud and debris of a landslide at a giant garbage dump in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The known death toll from the disaster has risen to 29, according to the Associated Press as authorities are struggling to determine the exact number of missing people. The police said they were investigating whether the landslide was natural or man-made. http://nbcnews.to/2pu4YK5

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.