The Representative Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Azerbaijan has released a statement on the International Day of the Disappeared, Report informs, citing the ICRC.
The statement reads:
"Today marks the International Day of the Disappeared to commemorate hundreds of thousands of people who are missing around the world as a result of armed conflicts, violence, migration, and natural disasters. We stand by families of missing persons and remember their missing relatives together with them.
In the region, thousands of people are missing in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Many thousands more live with the agony of not knowing the fate of their loved ones. The constant uncertainty they live in often leads to emotional exhaustion and leaves lasting wounds. Not knowing what happened to a parent, spouse or child, places an intolerable burden on these families. They live in limbo, unable to mourn, between endless hope and despair.
"We celebrate each his birthday in his absence. Years are passing, he is getting older. But in my dreams, he is still at the same age," says the sister of the missing person.
The ICRC engages with relevant authorities to support their efforts to clarify the fate of the missing persons and provide answers to the families. We collaborate with concerned government institutions offering our technical expertise and share our experience from other contexts in the world to aid the efforts of Azerbaijani authorities.
"We want the families of missing persons to know that their loved ones are not forgotten. They are not alone. And we will continue supporting States to do everything in their power to provide answers to the families, thereby upholding the families' right to know," said Roberto Mardini, the ICRC Director-General."
According to the Representative Office, families are still waiting to learn what happened to their loved ones.