International Committee of the Red Cross

Falkland/Malvinas Islands: Giving back the dead their names

Photo gallery 18 April 2018

The 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom was brief but a source of intense pain for many families.

Over 900 soldiers died on both sides, with three civilians killed. Some disappeared in the fury of the battle or were laid to rest without being identified. More than 200 Argentine soldiers – 122 of them without any names – were buried in Darwin cemetery, at the heart of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

In 2017, an ICRC forensic team was able to identify 90 of them, to the relief of their surviving family members.

In March 2018, more than 200 of them visited Darwin cemetery to pay their respects.