Daily World News Digest, 7 May 2019

Mexico: mothers use drones to locate mass graves

Mothers of missing persons have created a group called the Colectivo Solecito to find their missing loves ones in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The Verge reports on the group’s use of drones to locate possible mass graves. It notes that drones can cover more ground and indicate if mass graves are on land controlled by criminal organizations https://bit.ly/2V4pJaX

US: non-profit group searches for missing migrants

The non-profit group, Aguilas del Desierto, organizes monthly searches to look for missing migrants who try to cross the southern deserts of the United States. The Tucson Sentinel reports that the human remains of 127 missing migrant were found in the Arizona desert in 2018. https://bit.ly/2YegKGl

Cameroon: enforced disappearances

Human Rights Watch says the authorities in Cameroon have been involved in 26 cases of incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance since January 2018. “The total numbers are likely much higher, because abuses are committed in secret and many former detainees are reluctant to speak because they fear reprisals,” HRW says. https://bit.ly/2PNgkUg

Spain: 416 migrants rescued at sea in the past 3 days

The Boston Globe reports that between Saturday and Monday the Spanish maritime rescue service rescued 416 migrants who had been trying to cross the Mediterranean on 10 different boats. UNHCR says more than 800 people are either missing or known to have perished in 2018 while making the dangerous sea journey to Spain. https://bit.ly/2LrTm6Q

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.