Edwin Viales

Edwin Viales

Edwin Guillermo Viales Mora is the Data and Research Assistant, Focal Point of the Missing Migrants Project at the Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He is Manager of International Cooperation, specialist in Migration and Social Integration. For ten years he has worked with migrants and refugees.

11,109 kilometers away from home, there is a missing migrant.

 

1. Cameroon and Gabon

That afternoon Samuel must have thought that he had not brought all the water he needed for his mother, while his sister stared blankly at the wooden frame and the brown colour of the mud walls of her Boma[1]. That afternoon it was too hot and they had already run out of food.

Missing (but not forgotten) migrants

 

According to the World Migration Report, it is estimated that 272 million people are migrants, which is equivalent to 3.5% of the world's population.