Daily World News Digest, 20 May 2019

ICMP helping Kosovo

Balkan Insight reports that ICMP is helping the Kosovo authorities to address the issue of 400 unidentified human remains stored in Pristina mortuary that do not match DNA reference samples from families of the missing. This is believed to be a result of the large number of identifications made using traditional methods, before the introduction of DNA identification. ICMP has issued 2,466 missing persons DNA identification reports for Kosovo. https://bit.ly/2JRw4Vt

Vollebaek and ICMP address Norwegian children in Syria

The Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, reports that ICMP Commissioner and former Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek has written to Prime Minister Erna Solberg regarding ICMP’s ability to assist the Norwegian authorities in identifying 40 Norwegian children in Syria, and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded positively to ICMP’s proposal (Original article in Norwegian). https://bit.ly/2WcdYnM

Iraq: Mass graves from Saddam era

A Kurdistan Regional Government (KGR) delegation has visited mass graves in the province of Muthanna containing Kurdish victims from the era of Saddam, Kurdistan 24 reports. Iraqi authorities found several mass graves in April believed to contain the remains of Kurds killed during the Anfal campaign by the former Baathist regime. https://bit.ly/2VMGInz

22 Venezuelan refugees missing at sea

The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports that 22 Venezuelan refugees have gone missing at sea after leaving the city of Güiria in Venezuela bound for Trinidad and Tobago. Families of the missing refugees are appealing for search and rescue operations. https://bit.ly/2EjPQ8C

Sri Lanka marks 10 years since the end of the war

Sri Lanka is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the end of the civil war, News Gram from the US reports. It notes that in the past two decades several mass graves have been found, though only handful of those buried have been formally identified. About 20,000 people are still missing. https://bit.ly/2JriTeB

Holocaust-era victims from mass grave in Belarus to be buried

Following discussions between the Jewish community in the Belarussian town of Brest and local authorities it has been agreed that the remains of Holocaust victims that were uncovered during construction work earlier this year will be buried on 21 May in a Jewish cemetery in the north of the city, The Jerusalem Post reports. https://bit.ly/2HH0qXM

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.