The Search Unit: Up against the COVID-19 pandemic
“My respect and admiration. You are not alone”. This is Luz Marina Monzon’s message to family members looking for their loved ones. The Director of the Search Unit for Missing Persons (Unidad de Búsqueda de Personas dadas por Desaparecidas – UBPD) is our special guest on the latest episode of the CAPAZ web video column. The episode is called: “The Search Unit: Up against the COVID-19 pandemic”.
In the latest instalment of the series on peace in times of COVID-19 called: “La paz, ahora más que nunca” (Peace now, more than ever), the Director of the Search Unit speaks in first person to relatives of victims of enforced disappearance in Colombia.
Created after the signing of the peace agreements between the Colombian government and the then guerrilla group FARC-EP in 2016, the Search Unit is one of the components of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition. It has been and continues to be committed to supporting people who are looking for their missing loved ones.
Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than ever, the search for missing persons is a non-stop task. It represents relatives’ hopes and demands and requires the full attention of the State and civil society. Given that searching or missing persons under the conditions imposed by the current health emergency becomes more complex. The pandemic demands the attention and efforts of society and institutions, while it too claims the lives of its victims.
Catch up on previous episodes (in Spanish):
(NW Texto: Claudia Maya. Versión en inglés: Tiziana Laudato)