Daily World News Digest, 30 January 2019

Six people died every day crossing the Mediterranean in 2018

An average of six people died each day trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, according to new figures released by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the Irish Times reports. Cuts in search-and-rescue operations were one of the reasons the Mediterranean remained the deadliest sea crossing in the world, the agency said. http://bit.ly/2HAgq14

Five migrants dead, 130 missing after boats sink near Djibouti

At least five migrants have died and more than 130 are missing after two boats capsized off the coast of Djibouti, Al Jazeera reports, citing the International Organization for Migration. Search and rescue operations have been launched and at least one person has been rescued. http://bit.ly/2HRSIxJ

Tuam babies: calls for immediate DNA tests

More than 20 survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home have called on the Irish government to take their DNA samples urgently, the BBC reports. Excavation of the Galway site, containing the remains of children buried in unmarked graves, is to begin later this year. Official records show that 798 infants and children died at the home and it is believed many were buried there. https://bbc.in/2RnGIDj

New hope for families of missing in Kosovo

Families of Serbs who disappeared in Orahovac/Rahovec in Western Kosovo during the 1998/99 conflict hope that Sabahajdin Cena, a former guerrilla commander recently questioned by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), could reveal vital information, although he has denied any involvement in kidnappings, Balkan Insight reports. The SPO started interviewing former guerrilla commanders in recent weeks and has interviewed eight so far, including Cena. http://bit.ly/2sTBdlZ

Tanzania: 10 kidnapped children found dead

Ten children kidnapped in Njombe district, southwest Tanzania have been found dead with their body parts mutilated, authorities told CNN. Many children have been reported missing by their parents in the community since December according to Tanzania’s deputy health minister who has linked the murders to witchcraft practices. https://cnn.it/2DIdP1c

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.