Aug 292014

Desaparecido wall marks Intl Day of the Disappeared

Desaparecido wall marks Int’l Day of the Disappeared. Students from the UP College of Mass Communication set up a wall bearing the pictures of people who were believed abducted by state forces, to mark the International Day of the Disappeared on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Amanda Fernandez

A wall commemorating people who disappeared in the Philippines was set up at the University of the Philippines, as the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared on Saturday.

The wall was set up at the Plaridel Hall of the UP campus in Diliman in Quezon City, radio dzBB’s Manny Vargas reported.

Images posted on the wall as of early Saturday included those of activist Jonas Burgos and Sheryl Cadapan, the report said.

As of 9 a.m., organizers were still adding images of other “desaparecidos” to the wall.

The International Day of the Disappeared, also known as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, seeks to raise attention to the fate of people abducted or detained by agents of the state, Human Rights Education Associates said on its website.

Such disappearances cause “terrible suffering upon victims and their loved ones, some of whom will never learn the fate of their family member, partner or friend,” it added.

The initiative for such a day started in 1983, amid a rise of disappearances by authoritarian regimes in Latin America. Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

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