Some 48,000 African migrants are registered as missing
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says a total of 48,000 people have been registered as missing in Africa.
Patrick Youssef, the director of the Africa region for the ICRC, said that the figure represents “only a fraction of the actual number of missing people and the vast humanitarian crisis we are dealing with.”
The ICRC report was published on Monday, August 30, to mark the International Day of the Disappeared.
ICRC said in a statement the disappearance is one of the most damaging and long-lasting humanitarian consequences of armed conflicts, violence, and migration, affecting thousands of families in Africa.
In Nigeria, families of missing persons live with the anguish of not knowing the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones. More than 24,000 persons are registered missing in Nigeria by ICRC as a result of the armed conflict.