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May 25 - International Day of Missing Children

May 25 - International Day of Missing Children

On May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York home and was never found. Then was launched the largest search campaign for any missing person. Balloons were lifted into the sky, pink ribbons were tied to trees, cities were affixed with posters representing the missing person's face and fabulous rewards were announced.

On May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his New York home and was never found. Then was launched the largest search campaign for any missing person. Balloons were lifted into the sky, pink ribbons were tied to trees, cities were affixed with posters representing the missing person's face and fabulous rewards were announced.
Nothing was too much for the grieving family and those close to them. The following year, various American organizations sponsored events in memory of Etan Patz, and on May 25, 1983, the US president declared May 25, "Missing Children's Day".


Such a day began to be celebrated in Canada, since 1986, at the initiative of the "Missing Children" Organization and at the international level, also since 1986, at the initiative of the International Red Cross, amid the alarming increase in cases of disappearances among children.
The first European Day of Missing Children was organized in 2002, at the initiative of the British organization "Child Focus", sponsored by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of the Dutch organization "Vermist".
Around the world, on May 25, there are organized round tables on the topic of missing children, messages of solidarity with their families are spread, through the media or on the streets of big cities, colored balloons are raised, the sign of hope. The symbol of this day was chosen the flower of "do not forget" (Myosotis sylvatica), because of its name but also because of its abundance in May. Therefore, on May 25, the organizations that deal with the events of this day used to distribute these flowers to the population (either natural or artificial).
May 25 is also marked in Romania. On this occasion, at various points in the center of the capital, informative materials will be distributed and awareness actions will be organized for the authorities to solve the situation of missing children.
According to the studies, 731 children disappeared from 2000 to 2005 in Romania. Following the investigations of the Police and the organization "Save the Children", 570 of the minors were found through various European states, where they were sent either for sexual exploitation or to be sent for begging or used for black work. Further, research is being carried out to find 260 children missing from home.
(Rompres)