Iraq has been ravaged by decades of near-ongoing conflict and reports of missing persons are numerous [File: Brennan Linsley/AP Photo]

Um Rami says her family was left “penniless” when her husband disappeared in 2007 during the United States’ occupation of Iraq.

“When he disappeared, we went through torture, all kinds of torture,” the Baghdad resident told the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in a video marking the International Day of the Disappeared, commemorated globally on Friday.

“All the responsibilities fell on my shoulders. I take care of the family, their lives, and their education.”

Iraq has been ravaged by decades of near-ongoing conflict and reports of missing persons are numerous. The ICMP has estimated that the number of missing people in the country could range

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