Families of missing people in Marawi suffer in silence
For World Mental Health Day (October 10), we shed light on the immense suffering of people still looking for loved ones who went missing in the 2017 Marawi conflict.
Not knowing the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones, these families continue to live with uncertainty. To this day, they are unable to move on and find closure. The grieving process cannot start nor be completed.
Under international humanitarian law, families have the right to know what happened to their loved ones. Authorities are responsible for preventing disappearances, and after the end of hostilities, they must account for persons who went missing during the conflict.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), by virtue of its neutral, impartial and independent mandate, supports efforts to give these families answers. It has been working in dozens of countries to assist in tracing thousands of persons who went missing in relation to conflict, to help end the suffering of their families.