Daily World News Digest 28 January 2020

Auschwitz: memorializing victims buried in mass graves

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, TIME Magazine carries an essay examining the memorialization of victims. “For families whose members have survived genocide or other forms of mass murder, remembrance is private and visceral. They often have no body to bury or cremate,” the author writes, before describing a family tragedy and “a small act of ingenious commemoration”.

Missing Indigenous women and girls in the US

The Detroit Lake Tribune news portal carries a comprehensive review of efforts by state governments in the US to address the issue of missing Indigenous women and girls. A wave of Indigenous elected officials entering state and federal office has shone a spotlight on the issue, though indigenous representation in legislatures remains disproportionately small, the article says.

Cambodia: the search for truth, 40 years on

ABC News reports from Cambodia on a survivor’s search for the truth about the fate of her parents, who disappeared under the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. “Finding answers to questions about what happened to family members was part of a broader ‘right to truth’,” anthropologist Alex Hinton said. “Everybody wants to know what happened to their loved ones”.

Fatalities rise on Aegean migrant route

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that that 4,432 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in January, down from the 5,266 in the same period last year. There have been 68 deaths, compared with 216 at this point in January last year.  However, 63 of these have been on the route linking Greece and Turkey, compared to 71 migrant deaths on the Aegean route through the whole of 2019.


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.