Denial and silence or acknowledgement and disclosure

Margriet Blaauw and Virpi Lähteenmäki

Disappearances are a worldwide problem. Over the last few decades the world has been shocked by accounts of tens of thousands of people who are known to have disappeared in Cambodia, Latin America, Iraq, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya and others.Forced disappearance have an effect on the individual, his/her family and the community as a whole. The problems that family members of disappeared persons face are complex and can be overwhelming.

Key wordsDisappeared Persons / mental health / post-traumatic stress disorder / therapy

CountriesCambodia / Chechnya / Former Yugoslavia / Iraq / Latin America / Rwanda