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Nationwide Campaign Highlights Shocking Number Of Missing Children In Hungary

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.05.25.

Over 19 000 young people under the age of 18 disappeared in Hungary in 2015, four thousand of whom have not yet been recovered, according to figures released by Hungarian police.

Authorities were notified of the disappearance of a total of 19 279 minors – the equivalent of the entire population of a small town – last year, 16 429 of whom were between 14 and 18 years of age and 2850 were children under the age of 14, according to statistics.

The “Night of Thousand Lanterns”, organised in Hungary for the sixth time this year, calls attention to this shocking situation, with charity concerts, family and children’s programmes and crime prevention counselling sessions in thirteen cities across the country calling attention to the dangers of wandering without parental supervision.

The citizens’ initiative, founded and organised by television anchor Róbert Kárász, was introduced in the capital Budapest on 25 May 2011, the International Missing Children’s Day. This year, a total of over 60 bands and singers will perform at the event’s thirteen locations, with participants letting off twelve thousand glowing balloons in remembrance of disappeared children.

113887_tejesdobozMillions of boxes of milk hit stores in Hungary each year with pictures and information on missing children

Another campaign, run by dairy firm Alföldi Tej Kft., sees eight to ten million boxes of milk featuring the photographs and descriptions of missing children hit shops in Hungary. Since 2011, close to thirty children have been recovered with the help of milk box designs.

For the first time this year, the effort was joined by television and radio broadcaster Antenna Hungária; as a result, appeals concerning mising children reach thousands of households across the country.

via szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu