Daily World News Digest, 27 April 2018

Five likely mass graves found in DRC

The UN says its investigators have discovered five probable mass grave sites in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of ethnic violence has killed at least 263 people. Violence across the eastern DRC’s borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi has spiked since President Joseph Kabila refused to step aside at the end of his mandate in 2016. https://reut.rs/2KeKTzf

US: almost 1,500 migrant children went missing last year

US Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. Since the dramatic surge of border crossings in 2013, the federal government has placed more than 180,000 unaccompanied minors with parents or other adult sponsors who are expected to care for the children and help them attend school while they seek legal status in immigration court. https://ti.me/2KgfUCG

Nigerians detained in South Africa for protesting killings

The Nigerian Union in South Africa said on Thursday that the 14 Nigerians held in detention in Rustenburg, South Africa, since last February were not being held for drug-related offenses, but because they had protested the killing of a Nigerian. The Union says it is investigating the recurring extrajudicial killing of Nigerians resident in South Africa, and that two Nigerians were recently murdered in the country. https://bit.ly/2HWDCWn

Colombia’s ambassador in Seoul linked to extrajudicial killings

The newly-appointed Colombian ambassador to South Korea, Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragan, is alleged to have played a role, commanding the Colombian army’s 4th Brigade from 2006 to 2008, when Colombian military units carried out extrajudicial killings between 2002 and 2008, according to a 2015 report from Human Rights Watch (HWR). According to evidence gathered by HWR, at least 28 civilians were killed by the brigade under his watch. https://wapo.st/2FjbSpn

Georgia: remains of another 22 persons identified

The remains of another 22 people who went missing in connection with the 1992–93 armed conflict in Abkhazia have been identified using a multidisciplinary approach drawing on International Committee of the Red Cross forensic expertise and will be handed over to their families shortly. The identification was carried out within the framework of the Coordination Mechanism on Persons Unaccounted for in Connection with the Events of 1992–93 Armed Conflict and After, which operates under the auspices of the ICRC. https://bit.ly/2HTZMsc

Peru: ancient mass child sacrifice may be world’s largest

Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in the Americas and likely in world history, has been discovered on Peru’s northern coast, according to archaeologists. More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago. https://bit.ly/2HwNenn

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.