24,000 persons missing in Nigeria – ICRC

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Nigeria has the largest number of missing persons in Africa, with 24,000 cases out of the more than 44,000 people registered as missing across the continent.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) disclosed this in a media advisory released ahead of the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30.

According to the ICRC, 82 percent of the cases in Africa was registered in seven countries, namely Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon.

It added that over 45% of the cases were children at the time they went missing.

More than 90 percent of the cases in Nigeria are as a result of the armed conflict in the northeast of the country while 57% were children at the time they went missing.

The ICRC noted further that the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 led to restrictions that have added more challenges in searching for missing people.

The agency however says it will continue to do its best in supporting and seeking to provide answers to the families of missing persons.

 




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