During armed conflicts, large numbers of people often remain unaccounted for. Some of them are seized by the state; others are the victims of genocidal acts; some have been caught in cross-fire; some are victims of unexploded devices; and some are children separated from their parents as they fled the violence.
When the person who disappears is the primary economic provider, the surviving family members often face severe economic, legal, and social challenges. Discriminatory laws often make it impossible for women to access family assets and provide food and shelter.
The emotional toll is overwhelming and, until the truth is uncovered, closure is impossible.
IFFAMPAC is an international humanitarian organization uniting global associations of family members of missing persons from armed conflicts to:
The Missing in the News
- provide a support network for the families in their efforts to determine the fates of their missing loved ones;
- address the humanitarian needs of the family unit impacted by the loss of the missing person;
- heighten public awareness of the multifaceted issues of missing persons and their families; and
- assist in advancing solutions to promote the development and implementation of international and national standards, instruments, and customs to prevent persons from becoming unaccounted for; resolve cases of missing persons; and meet humanitarian needs of the family units.
Click on the links here to view articles about the missing and their families in the news.
08.05.2009 Missing Kosovar Girls Found in Orphanage - English
08.01.2009 Fate of 1,900 Missing Persons Remains Unresolved - English/Albanian
07.31.2009 The Mystery of the Missing - Albanian
07.14.2009 Mass Grave Exhumed in Gjilan - English
03.13.2009 Serbia Sold Human Organs of Kosovar Albanians to Russia - English