Marie Mansourati closes her eyes as she remembers her son’s kidnapping, in Beirut. AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID
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There are still thousands of people missing since Lebanon's long Civil War, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the toll of their absence weighs heavily on thousands more.Absent any serious state-led efforts to find the disappeared, their relatives can only hope an ambitious ICRC initiative can bring some closure.Through a process of detailed interviews and meticulous reviews, the ICRC is now compiling a database of all the missing persons from the war. The process has worked in other countries before, according to Fabien Bourdier, a delegate working on The Missing Project at the ICRC. Ahmad is still considered missing, according to the ICRC's criteria for disappeared persons, though the organization did not comment specifically on his case.This has prompted the ICRC in Lebanon to take the initiative, to an extent it has not done before. The ICRC believes the country is ready for a national commission for the missing, but it doesn't have the authority to create one. The ICRC has interviewed the relatives of 2,000 people since 2012, and they likely have several thousand more, though the final number is unknown.
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