ICMP has helped to resolve missing persons cases arising from political violence in Kenya and South Africa, whereas in Cameroon and Namibia, ICMP’s forensic expertise has been applied in the identification of victims following aviation accidents that killed large numbers of passengers and crew.

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On 5 May 2007 Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed immediately after takeoff from Douala International Airport in Cameroon. All 114 passengers and crew were killed. Wreckage was scattered in a mangrove swamp and efforts to recover bodies were delayed by heavy rain and by the relative inaccessibility of the surroundings. Victim samples were sent to […]

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On 21 September 2013, militants attacked the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, shooting and throwing grenades at fleeing shoppers. The militants, in apparent retribution for the Kenyan military deployment in Somalia, took hostages, whom they held during an 80-hour siege.  A total of 67 people, including four of the militants, were […]

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On 29 November 2013 Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 crashed in a remote region of Namibia, with the loss of 33 passengers and crew. As part of its cooperation with INTERPOL, ICMP provided assistance to the Namibian authorities through anthropological examination, DNA sampling and advising the process of identifying the victims.

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South African Republic

From 1960 to 1994, political violence resulted in the forced disappearance of around 2,000 people in South Africa. A major cause was the program of moving non-white residents out of white neighbourhoods, as well as government crackdowns on protestors and dissidents. Until the end of apartheid no large-scale effort was made to address the issue […]

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