Daily World News Digest, 6 May 2019

Mediterranean migrant arrivals reach 16,806 and deaths reach 410 in 2019

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 16,806 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 1 May 2019, roughly a 25 percent decrease from the 22,439 arriving during the same period last year. Deaths recorded on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes through 120 days of 2019 are at 410 individuals – or about two-thirds of the 616 deaths confirmed during the same period in 2018. http://bit.ly/2PQ0dFr

Rwanda: The remains of nearly 85,000 genocide victims are reburied

According to the DW News report, the remains of 84,437 victims of the Rwandan genocide were reburied at the Nyanza Genocide Memorial. The report states that the victims were mostly among the Tutsi ethnic group and were discovered from approximately 143 mass graves that were found underneath several homes located close to the capital of Rwanda. https://bit.ly/2WsqdJE

Zimbabwe: Delay in unearthing mass graves

Buluwayo 24 News reports that the non-profit organization, Ukuthula Trust, pointed out that the exhumation of mass graves containing the remains of Gukurahundi victims may pose an ethical issue, as families must agree to the exhumation first. The conflict of the ‘Gukurahundi’ campaign caused more than 20,000 civilian losses in the 1980s. Moreover, due to lack of information regarding the names of the victims, the recovery and identification of the remains would be problematic and would delay the exhumations. https://bit.ly/2PNqzrO

Spain: The Association of Families and Friends of Missing Persons was created

The Association of Families and Friends of Missing Persons of Córdoba was officially created to raise awareness on the cases of missing children. The president of the association, Isidro Molina stated that the group will appear in the regional Parliament to shed light on the current missing persons cases and will provide help to families of the missing, 20 minutos reports. (Original article in Spanish) https://bit.ly/2vFINSQ

Alaska: climate change causes community to have mass graves

A village in Alaska has been forced to move twice due to the high temperatures caused by climate change in the recent years. Daily Times reported that the shorelines have continued to erode faster than predicted, which has caused the village to have two mass graves filled with unidentified remains, as many bodies could not be recovered from the previous cemeteries. https://bit.ly/2VN1t1F

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.