August 30th International Day of the Disappeared

August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared. This year, NEFAD together with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nepal Red Cross Society will be hosting an event in the memory of the more than 1,400 people disappeared during the People’s War. Regional events will be held as well. The events are as follows:

Central Event in Kathmandu

1. Main event on August 30 ICRC, NRCS and NEFAD, interaction and press release program at NRCS Hall, Kalimati at 11:00 am (about 100 families are participating in this program)

2. Joint program with National Human Rights Commission in Lalitpur at 2:00 pm.

3. Joint event with TJ Advocacy Group in the evening – Lighting the Memory candles and musical program at Patan Durbarsquare. From 5:00 pm onwards

Regional events

Midwestern Region in Gulariya, Bardiya District (400 families are participating in this program)

Eastern Region in Jhapa District (100 families are participating)

In the rest of districts, NEFAD is coordinating for commemoration program with Nepal Redcross Society across Nepal.

NEFAD has also prepared the following Solidarity Postcard that has been distributed to more than 1400 families across Nepal to commemorate the day.

NEFAD Postcard

International Day of the Disappeared

Each year August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared, an important day for the more than 1,300 families in Nepal who continue to wait for the truth concerning the whereabouts of their loved ones.  Since its inception two years ago, NEFAD has been an active organizer and participant of events to commemorate IDD.  This year, the organization and its representatives took part in 3 days of programs including those organized by Amnesty International, INSEC and Advocacy Forum in the Kathmandu Valley.  The final event on the evening of August 30th was a candlelight vigil in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square where a candle was lit in memory of each disappeared person.  NEFAD also unveiled its poster and logo at this event (seen below).  NEFAD would like to thank all those in attendance and express our eternal solidarity in the continued struggle for truth and justice.
NEFAD Poster

NEFAD Members hold the newly designed campaign poster

IDD Basantapur

NEFAD members light candles in memory of those disappeared

IDD Basantapur

NEFAD members light candles in memory of those disappeared

IDD Basantapur

Candle lighting ceremony at Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Photos by Erik B. Wilson