Today is the International Day of the Disappeared, a day to remember those who have been imprisoned without their friends and families knowing where or why.
In 2008, approximately two people were announced as ‘disappeared ‘every day.
The day originates from the efforts of the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared, a Costa-Rican NGO founded in 1981 that officially started the fight against secret imprisonment and forced disappearances. Today, larger organizations such as Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross are also doing valuable work in this field. International Day of the Disappeared is not only a day to mourn those missing, but also to highlight the work of these NGOs, raise awareness, and to raise funds for future ventures and campaigns against secret imprisonment.
Currently, around the world, there are 41,257 unsolved, on-going cases of ‘disappeared’ people.
This moving clip demonstrates the International Day of the Disappeared in images.
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