Daily World News Digest, 30 April 2018

Europe’s missing refugee children

In January, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol said at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees had vanished after arriving in Europe, at risk of falling prey to trafficking gangs. According to the European Commission, missing unaccompanied children are the responsibility of individual EU member states, but a February report by Missing Children Europe – an umbrella group of some 30 child protection groups – highlighted a “clear lack of ownership” in cases involving unaccompanied children. https://bit.ly/2raPARG

The world’s deadliest migration route

One in every 14 people has died this year crossing the sea from Libya to Italy, now known as the world’s deadliest migration route, the International Organization for Migration says. Refugees still pay enormous sums of money for space on an unsafe vessel that may not withstand the journey, and nongovernmental organizations in patrol boats are among the few forms of protection for those being ferried over the Mediterranean by human traffickers. https://nyti.ms/2r9HdWy

Migrants perish in river between Greece and Turkey

The BBC profiles the work of Professor Pavlos Pavildis, a forensic scientist from Alexandropolis in northern Greece, whose work is focused on identifying migrants who are found dead in the Evros River, which follows the border between Greece and Turkey. https://bbc.in/2w0cD7q

Myanmar: police witness in massacre case sentenced

Moe Yan Naing, a police officer in Myanmar who testified that police were to “entrap and arrest” two Reuters reporters is now himself facing up to two years in prison under disciplinary charges, Reuters reports. Naing told a court in Yangon on 20 April that he was instructed to frame Reuters journalists who were investigating a massacre of Muslim Rohingya men and boys, by giving them documents related to security operations in Rakhine state. The reporters were arrested and charged under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, under which they face up to 14 years in prison. https://ti.me/2JEbtR1

US: use of genealogy site leads to killer suspect

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators used DNA from crime scenes that had been stored over decades, and placed the genetic profile of the suspected assailant into an online genealogy database. They are reported to have solved the cases of more than 50 rapes and 12 murders. https://nyti.ms/2HIwn13

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.