August 30th focuses on people who have disappeared

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photos of loved ones who have disappeared are carried by friends and family in Timor-Leste

Many people who have disappeared all over the world and whose families don't know what has happened to them are being remembered on 30 August.

 It is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances which is observed by the United Nations to put the spotlight on the issue.

 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says greater commitment needs to be made to help the families of the missing overcome the difficulties they are facing.

 ICRC spokesperson Dorothea Krimitas says that the families are still waiting for news about their missing relatives.

 "We are talking here especially about people who went missing in connection to armed conflict situations whether wars or other situations of armed violence and sometimes also of natural disasters. We are talking essentially about people whose families do not have any news and who are still waiting in order to get closure and be able to go on with their lives." (Duration: 27")

 This year is the second observance of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances following the decision of the General Assembly in December 2010.

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