Title: Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence: In Search of Colombia’s Disappeared shines a light on the shocking numbers of disappearances in Colombia and tells the stories of the victims and their families’ search for justice. It cites official Colombian government statistics showing that 50,800 people have been registered as disappeared or missing, of which at least 30,000 have been estimated as forced disappearances. But since these are just numbers while disappeared are people, with mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, the report also highlights the perilous journeys of victims’ relatives as they seek to find the truth of what happened to their loved ones. For too long, the relatives of the disappeared and the groups that accompany them have labored without adequate acknowledgment and support. It is long past time to help them break the silence.
Author: Latin America Working Group Education Fund and U.S. Office on Colombia