Daily World News Digest 25 July 2019

The missing in Latin America

According to a report from the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Latin America, hundreds of thousands of people have been reported missing in connection with past and present armed conflicts, continued armed violence, constant tide of migration and natural disasters. Citing the report, Relief Web reports that continent lacks reliable statistics on the number of people missing and many countries have failed to develop effective centralized systems to address the problem. It is estimated that at least 83,000 people have disappeared in Colombia, more than 45,000 in Peru, over 20,000 in Guatemala and more than 5,000 in El Salvador in connection with the armed conflicts that have taken place. More than 40,000 people were reported missing in Mexico between 2006 and 2019, and in Brazil, more than 80,000 cases were reported in 2017. https://bit.ly/2JQdoEX

New mass graves discovered in Iraq

Four new mass graves have been discovered in the desert of al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq with dozens of bodies believed to be Kurds, Voice of America reports. Early exhumation of the mass graves about 80 kilometers southwest of al-Samawah city has found bodies of 70 people, said Jabar Omar, the chief of Kurdistan Region’s Office of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs in Garmyan, who also oversees the unearthing process. They were killed by the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s forces during Anfal campaign in the late 1980’s which left 180,000 Kurds dead or missing, and about 4,500 villages destroyed. https://bit.ly/2YwLw16

Kuwait looking for missing persons in Iraq

Kuwait has stressed that it will continue efforts to locate its prisoners of war and missing individuals in Iraq and will use all of its resources to achieve such a goal, Iraqi News reports. Following the last month discovery of human remains in southern Iraq with initial expectations pointing to the discovery of bodies of Kuwaiti citizens, initial results had shown a match in the DNA samples of some of the remains. State of Kuwait has requested all of the discovered bodies to be sent back to its soil for further analyses. https://bit.ly/32RJMhU

China: Stats on missing persons

There are more missing adults than children or the elderly in China according to a report released by a people-finding platform launched by Chinese news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, Global Times report. A total 32,121 adults aged 18-59 have been reported missing to the platform, or 43.39 percent, followed by seniors, 80 or older, with a percentage of 40.58. Juveniles, the group that attracts most concern from the public, occupy the smallest percentage of 16.03. The public welfare platform has helped more than 10,000 families find missing relatives, Jinri Toutiao Deputy Chief Editor Xu Yilong explained. https://bit.ly/2K0w0kA

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.