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It has been 28 years since Tony went missing, one of roughly 17,000 Lebanese individuals who disappeared during the Civil War and have never been heard from since. His story, like theirs, is one of abject sadness for families who find themselves in a painful purgatory – unable to lose hope, and unable to hope for the best. Theirs is also a story about a Lebanon unable to grapple with its Civil War history – a legacy some think is perhaps left buried, the mists of time and the fading of memory obscuring the atrocities of a dark era. But a new database that has been launched to document the details of all those who went missing during the 15-year conflict could shed new light on the lost and systematically document them, allowing a future Lebanese government initiative to uncover their fate. The ICRC itself was active during the Lebanese Civil War, helping trace requests from families whose members went missing.The organization has interviewed 1,500 families about the physical appearance, medical records and even unique markers that identify the individuals who went missing during the war.
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