Daily World News Digest, 24 October 2018

Ireland: mass grave to be exhumed

The remains of hundreds of children feared buried in a mass grave found at a children’s home in Tuam in the west of Ireland are to be exhumed as part of a major forensic investigation, the BBC reports. Test results have shown that the remains include premature babies and toddlers up to the age of three, who are believed to have died during the 1950s. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the remains  will be exhumed, identified and reburied. https://bbc.in/2PkVWfr

UN: enforced disappearances continue in North Korea

UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana has said that despite progress on security, peace and prosperity, the human rights situation in North Korea has not changed, Voice of America reports. He said abuses include murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, and knowingly causing prolonged starvation. http://bit.ly/2q7IH3B

Somaliland: “forgotten genocide”

The Middle East & North Africa Financial Network reports that survivors of Somaliland’s “Forgotten Genocide” of the late 1980s are calling on the United States to help uncover crimes from the period. Between 1987 and 1989, the regime of Siyad Barre allegedly executed an estimated 200,000 members of the Isaaq tribe, the largest clan group in northwest Somalia. Experts believe there are more than 200 mass graves in Somaliland. https://bit.ly/2EF3dTj

Migrants lost in the Aegean

NRT TV from the Kurdish Region of Iraq reports that a boat carrying 30 migrants from Turkey to Greece has capsized. The Turkish Coast Guard said it rescued 20 people while three children died and seven are still missing. Earlier in October, a migrant boat capsized off the Turkish coast resulting in 34 fatalities and just one survivor. (Original article in Kurdish) https://bit.ly/2q9uwuL

 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.