The Attorney General of El Salvador this Friday reported the disappearance of an average of five people a day in the country, making a total of 824 reports of missing people in the first six months of the year.
The Attorney General of the Unit for the Disappeared, Guadalupe Echeverria, has confirmed that of the more than 800 complaints filed as of June, 467 people have been found, 37 of whom have died, although 357 are still on the search.
According to a report by the Salvadoran Prosecutor’s Office, collected by the local newspaper La Prensa Grafica, 112 cases of people were related to various crimes, including imprisonment, enforced disappearance and sex crimes.
In particular, February was the month with the highest number of complaints, at 196.
Prosecutor General Raúl Melara confirmed after presenting these figures that he had succeeded in making enforced disappearances a crime during his tenure.
It has also underlined the work in coordination with other institutions to make the identification and localization of victims “much more effective”.