Police have recorded twice as many reports of missing children in Quebec this year than five years ago.
The RCMP’s annual report shows the fourth consecutive drop of missing children in our region. This number has increased from 7,056 five years ago to 3,456 in 2021.
In the country, 6% of young people were found in the first hour after the report and 92% of them were seen in the first week.
The figures are encouraging, although they are inadequate.
“We agree that 3,000 are still missing, and 3,000 more. The fight is not over yet, we need to focus on the importance of educating the youth, “she said.Me Arkaman.
A portrait of how her sister might be today.
According to him, this decline is explained by a wider awareness of the population about this problem. There is also the epidemic, which has led to the closure of schools, captivity and teleworking.
In hopes of sustaining this decline, the Missing Children Network is organizing awareness campaigns at schools, community centers and day-care centers aimed at better “equipping” parents and their young ones.
As part of the month of missing children in May, the agency will focus on an unresolved disappearance case in Quebec via social media. “People have been asked to share abduction notices and to leave a message of sympathy for families who are still waiting for a solution,” the director general noted.
After raising more than $ 25,000 last year to help needy families, the Missing Children Network will try to raise $ 10,000 this year, which will be redistributed.
“We want to make noise to find the missing children, but we want to protect our youth from the perpetrators.”
Even after decades of disappearance, most families never give up. This is the story of Adolf Carrier, whose younger sister Diane went missing in 1963 at the age of six.
On Friday, September 27, 1963, at dinner, seven-year-old Adolf Carrier returned from an evening in the park with friends. When he arrives home in the Old Port of Quebec, his mother asks him where his younger sister has gone to find him.
Worried, the boy hurried back out and tried to find her. About 60 years later, he is still looking for Diane.
“The hardest thing, even today, is faith. When you are told that you are good for something by your father for all your childhood, at some point, it is certain that it goes to your head, “admits Adolf Carrier.
To put ointment on the guilt that has plagued him for so long, now a resident of La Dore, Lac-Saint-Jean, he wants people to take some time to analyze his sister’s physical appearance, if they knew a woman with the same appearance.
“It takes a person to make a difference,” he recalls.
The advice is easy to remember
The Missing Children’s Network offers easy-to-follow tips for families. Pina Arkamon recommends that parents set up a password system with trusted adults around them.
In this way, the young person will be able to ask the secret code from the person who is trying to approach and if he is unable to answer correctly, the child will realize that he has to leave as soon as possible.
Mr Carrier believes that small gestures can make a difference, adding in the same breath that, unfortunately, such dramas “just don’t happen to others”.
Number of missing children in Quebec
- 2017: 7025
- 2018: 5927
- 2019: 5805
- 2020: 3831
- 2021: 3456
Young people find out quickly
59% Girls are involved in missing persons
67% Children are available in the first hour, 92% In the first week
Nearby 80% Fugitive children are involved in the disappearance
Source: National Center for Missing Persons and Unidentified Identified Remains (CNPDRN)