International Day of the Disappeared is held annually on the 30th August and gives the chance for us to recognise the numbers of people missing through conflict, disaster and migration and to show solidarity to their loved ones. Around 718 missing people have been found with the help of the British Red Cross in the last three years alone. Here are some harrowing books remembering people near and far in war zones.
📚 Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East by Daniel Levin
📚 Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
📚 If You Were There: Missing People and the Marks They Leave Behind by Francisco Garcia
📚 Dossier Secreto: Argentina’s Desaparecidos And The Myth Of The “Dirty War” by Martin Edwin Andersen
📚 A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing Forty-Three Students by Anabel Hernández. Translated by John Washington
📚 History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town by Filip Springer
📚 The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda by Andrew Rice
📚 A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell
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