International Day of the Disappeared

31st August 2016

The suffering of families around the world whose loved ones were murdered and secretly buried is marked by the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August).

Of the 17 Disappeared during the Troubles in Northern Ireland the remains of four have yet to be found and returned to their families for the Christian burial that has been denied them for forty years and more.

Sandra Peake of the WAVE Trauma Centre which has supported the Families of the Disappeared for over 20 years said:

“The families of Joe Lynskey, Columba McVeigh, Robert Nairac and Seamus Ruddy have shown and continue to show immense strength and dignity as each year passes their loved ones remain in some remote unmarked grave.

They are convinced that there are people who can bring an end to this almost unimaginable torment by providing the information that will lead to the recovery of the bodies and their return so that they can be laid to rest.

In the last two years or so the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims‘ Remains (ICLVR) has found the remains of three of those disappeared over 40 years ago.

They were able to do that because they were given good and accurate information.

The process works.

All information given to the ICLVR is held in complete confidence and is used only to recover the remains.

As the number of outstanding cases reduces in one sense it gives great hope to those who have yet to have the news they need but at the same time intensifies the pain as they wait.

We all hope and pray that another Day of the Disappeared will not have to come and go without a resolution for these four families.”

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Read more on this story at UTV news – International Day of the Disappeared