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Reference : V-P-UA-E-00547
Date : 30/08/2016
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Kiev. The ICRC opens a photography exhibition entitled "Uncertainty" on families of missing persons. Christine Beerli, ICRC vice-president, visiting the exhibition.
Photographer : GERASYMENKO, Oleg
Person appearing :
BEERLI, Christine (vice-president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : News release on ICRC website, 30. 08.2016: “Ukraine crisis: Several thousand families still searching for their loved ones. Kiev (ICRC) – Two years after the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the problem of missing persons remains acute. At least 1,000 people have gone missing, though no exact numbers are available. Today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) opens an exhibition entitled Uncertainty: Families of the Missing on Both Sides of the Conflict, devoted to missing persons and their families on either side of the line of contact in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
"Eighty-eight per cent of the people whose relatives have gone missing continue to look for their loved ones, and two-thirds of them believe their relatives are still alive," said Christine Beerli, vice-president of the ICRC. "They might be alive or they might be dead, and this uncertainty causes their families intense stress and suffering."
According to the cases compiled by the ICRC, the vast majority of missing persons are men (96%), and almost half of them have no military status. Moreover, 40% are under 36 years old. Nearly half of the families of missing persons complain that the officials they contact are unable to provide any information, or provide them only with insufficient information, on the whereabouts of their relatives. In despair, almost one in two families of the missing turns to fortune tellers for help.
"The ICRC works to foster cooperation between all parties involved in the search for missing persons, from governmental bodies to forensic institutions. Our services are there for everyone seeking contact with, or news about, family members who are missing or from whom they are separated", said Alain Aeschlimann, head of the ICRC delegation in Ukraine. "Together with the local Red Cross, ICRC teams are ready to assist families who are looking for their relatives. People have the right to know what happened to their loved ones."
The exhibition is being held at Teatralna Square and will remain open until 12 September 2016. […]”
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