As the 13th of April match with the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon (1975) the families and relatives who have someone disappeared during the wartime are launching a campaign to help accountability to MP. As the election are upcoming for the 6th of May, they target the political agenda to create a public debate.
Zahley Valley, Lebanon.
On the 13th of April, Lebanon commemorates the 43rd anniversary of the 15-year Civil War that started on April 13, 1975.
Missing persons are not a common fact when talking about the war in Lebanon. Indeed, families who have suffered from one of them disappeared are launching a campaign on the 13th of April. The debate about those who never returned home has never became a public debate so far. But the next elections could potentially raise the problem to a public concern as the president Michel Aoun ask Lebanese Ministry of Justice Salim Jreissati to prepare a draft law.
This is not enough for campaigners asking for a national independent commission to investigate on the missing person cases. Families and relatives want to know who died and under which circumstances, and who might be eventually still alive.
After NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organization) an alleged 17 500 persons could have disappeared during the Lebanese war.
The phenomenon is so significant that the International Red Cross Committee (IRCC) helped the local NGO to present candidacy from the missing persons at the legislative election of May the 6th. The action target Lebanese Young’s and elders to remember the fate of the 17 500 souls who vanished in the war.
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