Concert hold to commemorate those who went missing

Concert hold to commemorate those who went missing
# 17 September 2019 10:15 (UTC +04:00)

On September 16, the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Baku, with the support and participation of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons and the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, organized a concert to mark the International Day of the Disappeared and commemorate those who went missing in relation to conflicts and other situations of violence, the Committee told APA..

Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are suffering from ambiguity of not knowing what happened to their beloved ones. They live in a constant void made of uncertainty, facing economic, administrative and legal hurdles that make their situation at times unbearable.

The concert featured songs composed by Stefano Muscaritolo and Kamala Ali-Zadeh, with lyrics based on the poems written by the families of those who went missing in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict.

In relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict more than 4,500 people are registered as missing in the region. As a result, more than 25,000 family members are living through anguish of uncertainty. “Every time when I hear the doorbell ring, I think it may be him, my father” – this is how Elnara Elekberova, daughter of a missing person, has lived for the past 27 years

Shalala Mammadova recalls how her little daughter used to take her father`s shirts in the wardrobe and smell their necks.

The ICRC works closely with relevant institutions to support their efforts in clarifying the fate and whereabout of those who went missing.

Until 2019 the ICRC completed the collection of detailed information on missing persons in cooperation with the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. The organization has been working in the region in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict since 1992.