Kamal Maarouf holds pictures of his son Jamal who disappeared in 1982. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Every year, demonstrators seek to raise awareness about the Lebanese people who have gone missing since the start of the 1975-90 Civil War. They call for the passage of legislation to create a commission to represent victims' families and have a mandate to investigate the disappearances.The Committee of the Families of Kidnapped and Disappeared in Lebanon organized Thursday's protest in collaboration with Act for the Disappeared.At the garden, family members and friends of the disappeared spoke about the commemorative day and condemned the government for its failure to help locate the missing.Later in the evening, at a panel hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross at the Art on 56th gallery in Gemmayzeh, Moukheiber, along with MP Rola Tabsh and the committee's founder Wadad Halawani, addressed the matter before politicians, members of the public and the media.Moukheiber addressed the importance of achieving full national reconciliation while also addressing the basic rights of the families.43 years after the start of the Civil War, for people like Berjawi, the legislative movement on the issue may bring a cause for hope.
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