Daily World News Digest, 26 October 2018

Rescuers search for survivors after Jordan floods

Rescuers combed the shores of Jordan’s Dead Sea resort area early on Friday to find survivors after rain storms unleashed flash floods that killed at least 20 people, mostly school children during an outing. https://reut.rs/2D6ruzZ

Turkey: mothers of the disappeared

The Economist cover the story of Ikbal Eren, a retired Turkish teacher whose brother has been missing for 38 years. Every Saturday, Ms Eren and the Saturday Mothers, a group she and other relatives of the missing founded in 1995, organize a sit down protest in the middle of Istanbul’s main shopping street. However, last Saturday the square where the Mothers used to gather was sealed off by police barriers. https://econ.st/2EMGBQI

Reporter returns to Japan after captivity in Syria

After more than three years of captivity in Syria, a Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda returned to Tokyo on Thursday, the Daily Sabah from Turkey reported. Yasuda, 44, who was kidnapped in 2015 by al-Qaida’s branch in Syria described his 40 months in captivity as “hell” both physically and mentally. Syria has been one of the most dangerous places for journalists since the conflict there began in March 2011, with dozens killed or kidnapped. Several journalists are still missing in Syria and their fates are unknown. https://bit.ly/2D6BgSL

France to welcome Yezidi Dae’sh victims

A hundred Yezidi women who were victims of sexual violence by Da’esh in northern Iraq will be brought to France, according to President Emmanuel Macron, the Malay Mail reports. More than 6,800 Yezidis were kidnapped by Da’esh, of whom 2,500 remain missing. https://bit.ly/2AsCjtA

 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.