Day of the Disappeared


Eli Reed, Families looking for “disappeared” relatives in the “Book of Missing,” Human Rights Commission Office, San Salvador, 1982 (395.2005)


Susan Meiselas, Collection contributions for the families of the “disappeared” in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, San Salvador, 1979 (375.2005)


Sebastiao Salgado, Beharke, Iraqi Kurdistan: On July 31, 1981, Iraqi soldiers arrived unexpectedly and took away all the men in every family; they were never seen again. Under Muslim law, women cannot remarry, so they are left waiting, 1997 (2007.6.4)

August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared, which highlights the people who have “disappeared in connection with armed conflict” worldwide.

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