Every year International Missing Children’s Day is celebrated on May 25. Looking back to the history, in 1983, the U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as a “National Missing Children’s Day.
There is a story that in 1979 6-year-old Etan Patz was disappeared in New York City and May 25 was established as Missing Children’s Day in the US by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
The world has so many issues and sufferings, but missing a kid is the terrible thing, right? We cannot even think of the parents’ pain and also their agony cannot even explained in words.
Launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and the US’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN) is a network of countries that connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and images of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations.
The Network has 29 member countries, which is as follows: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan (Province of China), the United Kingdom, and the United States.
To remember and value the missing children, every year on May 25, GMCN members pay respects to International Missing Children’s Day, honoring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered.