Appeals made on International Day of the Disappeared

The families of Disappeared victims in Northern Ireland have launched a renewed appeal for information on International Day of the Disappeared.

Many victims were executed and disappeared in secret at the height of the Troubles, with some bodies never recovered.

Sandra Peake from the Wave Trauma Centre said that Tuesday would shine a light on those cases.

“International Disappeared Day is recognised around the world in areas where there has been conflict and people have sadly been abducted and not seen again,” she said.

“I think it’s of great significance here when we look at cases of people who have been disappeared and who remain disappeared.

“Today is really about remembering those cases and for people to think about what they can maybe do to help bring them home to their families.”

Anne Morgan’s brother Seamus was disappeared by the INLA in 1985.

“At the moment, we have a lot of hope,” she said.

“That is because the forensic team are doing very, very good work behind the scenes and they’re gathering as much information as they can which we rely on and which is so important.

“I am confident and hopefully we will have another search.”

Likewise, Oliver McVeigh’s brother Columba has never been found, after being disappeared in 1975.

Oliver said that his family have been promised help on many occasions.

“There are more people that could come and give some information, specific information because the Commission has done as much as they can at this present time,” he said

The fight continues to uncover the information, the missing pieces of the picture that could lead to a breakthrough, with a special solidarity formed between those families in their agonising wait.

“I was very struck last year in relation to one of the families whose loved one was returned when they said that until they were all returned, it is not completed.”

The Disappeared were never intended to be found, but though they are gone, their families continue to pursue their whereabouts, so that they can be laid to rest.

Source: UTV News

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