Who exactly are the Missing and POWs?

During the brutal Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Iraqi soldiers captured and abducted a random selection of residents in Kuwait . These residents consist of Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti citizens. Some managed to escape during the uprise of the Iraqi rebels right after Kuwait’s liberation. Unfortunately there remains some that didn’t manage to escape and are still under Iraqi captivity. These Missing and POWs consist of both sexes, some employed and others not old enough to have graduated.

 How many Missing and POWs are under Iraqi captivity?

The National Committee of Missing and POWs Affairs (NCMPA) reports the total number to be at 605.

How does the committee (NCMPA) know the exact number of Missing and POWs reported by them?

The committee (NCMPA) has an updated database of all reported Missing and POWs. Every name recorded must be verified by members of the family of that Missing person or POW. A full profile of each Missing person and POW is kept in file along with detailed information on when and where the captivity took place.

What are the reactions of the average Kuwaiti towards the POW issue?

Almost every Kuwaiti has a close relative or friend that happens to be from among the reported Missing and POWs. Although the number of captivated seem rather small, they actually amount to nearly 0.1 % of the total Kuwaiti population which means for every one thousand Kuwaiti, one is being held as a POW.

When was NCMPA-Kuwait established?

The National Committee of Missing and POWs Affair was officially established by the Kuwaiti Government on May 5, 1991.

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