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Covid-19 paralyzes the search for the disappeared in Latin America

Covid-19, which killed more than 265,000 people in Latin America, is the major obstacle to overcoming disappearance in the region, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

On Sunday, International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC regrets that the disease has paralyzed the search process due to the restrictions on movement in most countries and, in many cases, the deterioration in their economic situation.

Solving the fate and whereabouts of missing people, even in times of Covid-19, is a daily challenge that, according to the understanding of the organization, requires effective and coordinated search mechanisms and high-quality forensic processes.

Covid-19 paralyzes the search for the disappeared in Latin America
Covid-19 paralyzes the search for the disappeared in Latin America

“Even during the pandemic, family members will not stop looking for loved ones. It is important to continue to support these families, who require real political will and coordination from all stakeholders to respond to search and economic needs. Susana López, coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the program for missing persons of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said among other things about the psychosocial support of families “.

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