Missing persons: high cost of conflict and violence in Africa


People go missing in Africa during armed conflicts, violence, disasters and in the context of migration. Nearly 44 000 cases of missing persons have been recorded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), but this is just a fraction of the continent’s wider, undocumented humanitarian tragedy. Families are central to prevention efforts, as are robust institutions and laws.

To mark the International Day of the Disappeared, this seminar launches a new report by the ISS and the ICRC that draws on the ICRC’s activities and research across Africa. Speakers will discuss the plight of the missing and how to ease the burden on families.

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Chairperson: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS Pretoria


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