You might have heard about missing people and have never been found and recovered. No one knows about them that sometimes others consider them dead. Not just in the location you’re currently living in, but it happens across the globe. Hence, in this article, let’s talk about these 5 places with the most people missing.
The first on the list is the United States of America. The percentage of missing person cases in the US dropped in 2020 compared to the previous year that reached 543,018 in total. In fact, this is considered to be the lowest rate of missing persons in the country since the year of 1990. There are various causes of why these people went missing. One of the common reasons is kidnapping, and some are usually children. Also, half of this number in 2020 were minorities.
Since 2011, the number of cases of missing people in Syria reached 82,000 in total. The majority of those disappearances usually happened in a network of different government detention centers. Besides that, 2,000 people and more went missing after detention by the armed opposition groups and the Islamic state. Because of this, thousands of people become so desperate to search for their missing family members.
Moreover, in July of 2018, the government of Syria had finally confirmed that these missing people, at least 161 victims, were forcibly disappeared when the national conflict started. Hence, in 2011, Amnesty International started a campaign against the abductions and disappearances of those people, and it aims to monitor any violations and human rights abuse across the country.
3. SRI LANKA
Next on the list is Sri Lanka. Since the 1980s, the number of missing individuals has reached 60,000 to 100,000 people. However, in 2018, the country had made progress about this matter when it finally criminalized enforced disappearances nationwide.
When talking about people who went missing, you have to include Africa on the list. There are 44,000 disappeared individuals in the entire continent, and, unfortunately, half of this number is mostly children. In fact, they have an International Day of the Disappeared that happens in August every year to commemorate their missing loved ones and families.
Moreover, the recorded cases in Libya, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of Congo made up 82% of the total percentage of the missing people in the entire continent based on the ICRC data. However, among all of these countries, Nigeria has the highest number of cases.
Lastly, we have Argentina on our list. During the Dirty War in the country, a total of 30,000 people went missing or suddenly disappeared. Thousands of women visit one of the country’s popular public squares every Thursday of a week to commemorate this horrible event while wearing white scarves and carrying different signages with the names of their missing loved ones.
These are the grandmothers, mothers, and sisters of the Plaza de Mayo. They do this activity every week to bring attention to the government and the public about how their lives changed when their family members went into tragedy and suffered during the chaotic war in the 1970s.
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