Daily World News Digest 20 November 2019

Enforced disappearances in Africa

Countries in Africa must acknowledge that enforced disappearances are happening, an article in Open Democracy argues. Noting that enforced disappearance was practiced during the colonial era “against freedom fighters and to instill blind obedience” it says the practice is being used today “to silence political opposition, activists and human rights defenders”, and cites cases in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Libya. https://bit.ly/2OoJzMY

Mexico: more victims found at farm in Jalisco

EFE Noticias reports that human remains of at least five women and 20 men have been found on a farm in the municipality of Tlajomulco, in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. Fifty-two bags of human remains have been found at the site since early November. Six people have been identified (Original in Spanish). https://bit.ly/2NZCT98

Mexico: training for families of the missing

Noticieros Televisa from Mexico reports on the work of a team of forensic anthropologists that has delivered workshops on search processes to relatives of missing persons over the last six years in places such as Guerrero, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Mexico City. Families “learn how a crime scene should be processed, how to create a strategy to search in graves, how to analyze bones and even how to the compare genetic profiles” (Original in Spanish).  https://bit.ly/2KzBDYf

Poland: excavations begin at WWII mass grave

Polish researchers have begun excavations at a recently discovered mass grave in Treblinka I, a Nazi forced-labor camp, the Hamodia newspaper reports. Scholars and archaeologists from the Institute of National Remembrance, a Polish government agency, believe it may be possible to identify victims and inform surviving family members. https://bit.ly/2OsR2e3


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.