30 August 2021 15:00 - 16:30 GMT+2

Missing persons: high cost of conflict and violence in Africa

About the event

Date: 30 Aug 2021 | Time: 15:00 to 16:30 (GMT+2)

Venue: Online via Zoom, registration required

Enquiries: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Email: omaunganidze@issafrica.org

People go missing in Africa during armed conflicts, violence, disasters and in the context of migration. Nearly 44 000 cases of missing persons have been recorded by the ICRC, but this is just a fraction of the continent's wider, undocumented humanitarian tragedy. Families are central to prevention efforts, as are robust institutions and laws.

To mark the International Day of the Disappeared, this seminar launches a new report by the ISS and the ICRC that draws on the ICRC's activities and research across Africa. Speakers will discuss the plight of the missing and how to ease the burden on families.

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS Pretoria


  • Patrick Youssef, Regional Director Africa, ICRC
  • Maya Sahli-Fadel, Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrants in Africa, African Commission on Human and People's Rights
  • Amaya Fernandez, ICRC Advisor on the Missing and their families for Western Africa
  • Mame Bara Ndoye, Secretary General, Association of Families of Missing Migrants, Senegal
  • Ester Ikere Eluzai, Undersecretary, Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare, South Sudan
  • Crispen Lifa, Assistant Commissioner, Zimbabwe Republic Police

Register to attend -

This event is co-hosted by the ISS and the ICRC.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Date & Time

30 August 2021 15:00 - 16:30 GMT+2

Online event