Daily World News Digest, 8 October 2018

Indonesia earthquake: 5,000 still missing

About 5,000 people are still missing, feared dead, after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi just over a week ago, The Guardian reports. The official death toll stands at 1,944 but officials believe that when casualties from two of the hardest-hit areas of Palu are determined, that number could almost triple. http://bit.ly/2Qz8NYs

Missing Saudi journalist believed murdered

Turkish officials say they have concrete evidence that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, according to AP/Reuters. A contributor to The Washington Post, Khashoggi has not been seen since Tuesday last week, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect papers for his upcoming wedding. Saudi officials said he left shortly afterwards but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out. https://ab.co/2QyrUSk

Mass graves and missing persons in Raqqa

Since Oct 2017, 2,777 bodies have been recovered from mass graves and under the rubble in Raqqa, Syria, according to Aljazeera Arabic, which reports that victims were killed by Da’esh militants and by Coalition and Kurdish airstrikes and artillery. The First Response Team responsible for recovering bodies in the city is working on the “Panorama” mass grave, which is believed to contain between 1,000 and 1,500 victims of Da’esh. (Original article in Arabic.) https://bit.ly/2y9QUIQ

More than 1000 Yezidi women have not been rescued yet

Despite the rescue of hundreds of enslaved Yezidi women in Iraq and Syria, Arfan Ortak, the Head of the Yezidi Central Committee in Germany, has told Lalish Media Network that “more than a thousand Yezidi women have still not been rescued,” and he warns that in captivity they are likely to be subject to continuing abuse by Da’esh militants (original article in Arabic). https://bit.ly/2y6bARW

Iraq: High Commission for Human Rights documents crimes

Iraq’s HCHR says it has collected millions of documents on Da’esh crimes and is working with national and international stakeholders to investigate atrocities. The HCHR’s Fazil Al-Gharawi told Shafaaq News, “The documents will be given to the UN Investigative Team which will work on building a case for crimes committed by the group in Iraq.”  (Original article in Arabic.) https://bit.ly/2C2gFOc

Pakistan: Number of missing persons increased during the last eight months

According to Pakistan’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED), there were an additional 741 cases of missing persons from January to August in Lahore, the capital of Punjab, The News reports. An average three persons are added to the list of missing persons in Punjab Province every day, according to the CIED. https://bit.ly/2E3eI6w

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.