By Faith Nyasuguta
As August 30 marked the international day of the disappeared, 44,000 people have been declared missing in Africa.
Data by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as seen in a statement marking the International Day detailed that 45 percent of the missing people are children.
One of such persons is Maxwell Mwegi’s daughter, seven years, who disappeared in April just minutes after she was seen playing with her mates in Nairobi, Kenya.
The family has been searching for the young one since then but the search has proven futile.
They have been up and about visiting various hospitals and morgues across the country but still, there is no sign of the young girl who loved to read.
The parents no longer go to work as their new occupation is to search for their only child day and night.
“It has been months of searching but zero success. I am distressed and I just wish I can see her someday,” the father said.
The ICRC in the statement said that some 82 per cent of those missing are from some seven nations facing armed conflicts.
With the ongoing abductions in Nigeria, the country accounts for over 50 per cent of the missing persons in Africa as 24,000 are missing in the nation.
Other countries that have registered high disappearances are Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, and Cameroon.
The Red Cross committee said that Africa has seen an inflation in the missing persons following increased armed conflicts and other forms of violence.
Unfortunately, restrictions set to counter the Covid-19 spread are reducing efforts to find disappeared people and reunite them with their families.
The ICRC however asserts that missing people are not forgotten people.