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ISS Seminar
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


Patrick Youssef, Regional Director Africa, ICRC

Maya Sahli-Fadel, Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa, African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

Amaya Fernandez, ICRC Advisor on the Missing and their families for Western Africa

Mame Bara Ndoye, Secretary General, Association of Families of Missing Migrants, Senegal

Ester Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare, South Sudan

Crispen Lifa, Assistant Commissioner, Zimbabwe Republic Police

This seminar is funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.

Aug 30, 2021 03:00 PM in Johannesburg

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