Daily World News Digest, 2 December 2016

Counting the dead in Aleppo

The Washington Post carried an article yesterday on burying the dead in Aleppo. “It’s too dangerous to bury east Aleppo’s dead in the daylight. So when night falls, an imam slips out to the latest mass grave, conducting the briskest of rites and thanking God that the skies have stayed silent. With President Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes circling and ground troops closing in, Aleppo’s rebel-run districts are in such chaos this week that no one can count the dead. Last week, the opposition-run health directorate put the death toll at 508. While a local morgue records what details it can, the knock-on effects of a government siege mean many deaths go unrecorded.” http://wapo.st/2gNdT59                                  

Colombia: Peace agreement must open the door to justice

Amnesty International published an article yesterday on the ratification by Colombia’s Congress of a revised version of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The ratification paves the way for the FARC to begin to demobilize and disarm in a process to be implemented over six months. Since 1985, nearly seven million people have been forced to flee their homes, more than 267,000 were killed, some 46,000 people were victims of enforced disappearances, and some 30,000 were taken hostage. Thousands more were the victims of torture, sexual violence, and landmines, while some 8,000 children were forcibly recruited by guerrilla and paramilitary groups. Very few of those responsible have ever been brought to justice. http://bit.ly/2fOZvEO                                                                      

Study finds millions of China’s ‘missing girls’ actually exist

CNN Philippines carried an article yesterday about the controversial one-child policy that resulted in as many as 60 million “missing girls” in China. In a new study, researchers suggest that around 25 million of these girls aren’t actually missing, but went unreported at birth – only appearing on government censuses at a later stage in their lives. When China implemented the one-child policy in 1979, the government expected local family planning officials to enforce it. However, implementing the rule proved harder in villages, where officials were also members of the community. In many cases, village officials turned a blind eye to children born outside the one-child policy. They’d let them go unreported in order to maintain good relations with the villagers. http://bit.ly/2h1oERM                                                                                                           

High death toll from Tennessee wildfires

The Daily Mail reports today that crews have discovered the remains of more people as they search the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains in the southeastern US. Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. http://dailym.ai/2h1ni9E

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.