International day of the DisappearedBy TheStudentGuide
The Student Guide is starting a run on awareness days to raise the profile and awareness of commemorations happening around the world every single day of the year.
August 30 is International day of the Disappeared – a time when tribute is paid to those have gone missing as a result of armed conflicts or other instances of violence. Remembrance is also paid to the families and friends left behind.
The day of remembrance was initiated after the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared suggested a day of tribute. On the International day of the Disappeared, tribute is also paid to the work carried out by organisations such as Amnesty International, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and increased public awareness is called for. New volunteers and donations are also welcomed.
The British Red Cross in Manchester is holding a Community Arts Exhibition to commemorate the day in which a diverse group of artists from across Greater Manchester have used a variety of mediums (including poetry, pen and ink drawings and mixed media pieces) to commemorate the occasion. The exhibition is free and full details can be found here.
Take a look at the British Red Cross website for inspiring case studies of families reunited around the world and check out the Facebook page to keep up to date with goings on. Above all though, spare a thought for those less fortunate.