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Published on May 19, 2014
A child is reported missing every 2 minutes in the EU.
Some run away from neglect, conflict or abuse at home or the institutions they are placed in. Others are abducted by a parent and many others go missing from the reception centres they are placed in upon crossing the border and entering the EU.
For International Missing Children's day, this 25th of May, we ask that you give hope to the children and families affected by child disappearance by saving the #116000MissingChildren number on your phone.
In 2013, the 116 000 European missing children hotlines responded to 630,724 calls but only 13% of Europeans are aware of this service. By saving this number, you'll be able to support missing children organisations find and protect children who go missing.
116 000 is the European hotline for missing children active in 27 EU Member States, Albania and Serbia. Through this number, parents faced with a child disappearance in their country or in another European country, will have access to the life saving support they need, as the number is connected to the national organisation, specialised in dealing with these cases.
Research shows that the first hours after the disappearance of a child are of vital importance. Therefore having "an easy to remember" telephone number that is also cross border at the disposal of parents across Europe is extremely important to enable immediate action of the responsible local authorities. Together, we can make Europe a safer place for children.
For more information on the issue of missing children, check out www.missingchildreneurope.eu