Over 44,000 people, 45% of them children, have been recorded missing across Africa, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as it marked the International Day of the Disappeared on Aug. 30.
According to the charity agency, about 82% of those missing were from seven countries with armed conflicts.
Nigeria accounts for more than half of the total number of missing persons in the continent, with some 24,000 people registered missing.
Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon also have high numbers of disappeared people.
The continent had seen a rise in the number of missing people in the past year as a result of armed conflicts and other forms of violence, the ICRC said in a statement.
Restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are hampering efforts to find victims and reunite them with their families.
Missing people are not forgotten people, said the ICRC. (Source: BBC)