Today, May 25th marks International Missing Children’s day.
May 25th has marked Missing Children’s Day in the US since 1983, when President Ronald Reagan established the day following the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City in 1979. In 2002, it became a day of commemoration worldwide. Fittingly, the forget-me-not flower has become the symbol for International Missing Children’s day, as a reminder of the approximately 8 million children who go missing every single year.
A huge problem in Thailand that hinders the safe return of missing children is lack of reporting. The low numbers of children officially reported to be missing, does not truly reflect the numbers of children who go missing every year, this allows abductors and child traffickers to go under the radar for long enough that they get away with the abduction, greatly reducing the likelihood of children returning home safely. An average of approximately 2 children are reported missing in Thailand every day, and between 300 and 500 every year and unfortunately only approximately 80% of these children who have been reported missing, are found and safely returned home.
Here at DEPDC we do everything in our power to ensure the safety and welfare of our children.