THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says Nigeria accounts for 24,000 missing people, the largest number on the continent representing over half of those registered as missing in Africa.
ICRC’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Aliyu Dawobe, said on Sunday that more than 44,000 people across Africa have been registered as missing, with children accounting for over 45% of the cases at the time they were missing.
Dawobe said, “82% of the missing persons are registered in seven countries in Africa, namely Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.
“Nigeria accounts for 24,000 missing people, over half of those registered as missing in Africa, and represents ICRC’s largest missing caseload on the continent. More than 90% of the cases are the result of the armed conflicts in the northeast of the country and 57% were children at the time they went missing.”
According to him, August 30 is marked as the International Day of the Disappeared and ICRC stands with the families and relatives of the missing and commemorates with them expressing its solidarity.
He said that ICRC assures them that they are not alone and their loved ones are not forgotten.
Dawobe said the African continent had seen a rise in the number of people registered with the ICRC as missing since 2020, due to armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
He stated that the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 led to restrictions that added more challenges in searching for missing people.
“The ICRC will continue to do its best in supporting and seeking to provide answers to the families of missing persons,” he said.