International Day of Missing Children (25/05)

For many countries around the world, May 25th is International Missing Children's Day. This date originates from the USA, and the symbol of the Day is the image of a blue forget-me-not.

On this day in 1979, an American six-year-old schoolboy Evian Pates disappeared on his way home, the whole world was looking for him, the case received a wide response, but the search was unsuccessful. 4 years after this event, US President Ronald Reagan declared May 25 National Missing Children's Day, and a year later, in 1984, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was founded. Soon this initiative was supported in a number of European countries, and in 1997 the International Center for the Search for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) was established. It was on his initiative that in 2010 the International Day of Missing Children was established and its date was set - May 25th.

A missing child is a global emergency, and for parents there is nothing worse than this fact. And the establishment of this Day was an attempt to draw the attention of the world community to the problem of missing minors, to the problem of protecting children from abductions, difficult life situations and illegal exploitation.