Today marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. And tragically, in Colombia this unfortunate practice that has characterized Latin America for decades before the eyes of the international community persists.NB: According to recent data published by the National Center for Historical Memory (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica), 25.007 people were victims of enforced disappearance between 1985 and 2012.
According to figures from the National Institute of Legal Medicine, on August 31, 2012, the cumulative figure for the total number of missing persons in Colombia was 74,361, of which 18,638 are victims of enforced disappearance. According to the Nydia Erika Bautista Foundation, by May 2013, a total of 81,000 people had been reported missing, of which 20,000 are cases of enforced disappearance. Carlos Valdes, the director of the Institute of Legal Medicine, has stated that the most worrying aspect of this crime is that it is massively underreported (El Tiempo).