The Labs Where The 60,000 Disappeared Could Be Identified; Pacifista Reports
” […] the shortage of resources and personnel translates into long waiting times for the families of the more than 60,000 disappeared in Colombia, according to the report “Hasta encontrarlos” (Until we find them) of the Historic Memory Center, published in 2016.
“One of the keys to the success of the identification process is a system of cross-checks between the data collected by different professionals, ranging from geneticists to anthropologists.The objective is to connect information, for example, the findings of an anthropologist who determines that a femur suffered an injury and the testimony of a victim who told a psychologist about the injury in the suffered by his or her missing child. This system fine tuned over the course of more than ten years has become the worldwide standard, and the scientists of these laboratories collaborate with others in nations like Mexico or Guinea, where people have also disappeared. With the signing of the peace accords, the work of this team of scientists acquires new relevance. Earlier this month, President Juan Manuel Santos signed the decree creating the Unidad de Búsqueda de Desaparecidos (Search Unit of the Disappeared), tasked with searching and identify ‘all persons considered disappeared in the frame of the conflict’, as well as locating and delivering to their relatives the remains of the disappeared”. Pacifista