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MagazineDec 10, 2014
The IRA admitted killing 13 of the 16 classified as "disappeared" in the 1970s and 80s, mostly Catholics accused of collaborating with British forces, while the Irish National Liberation Army admitted one. No one has taken responsibility for the other two, or two more who went missing after 1998. Several of the bodies have never been found and, like for the vast majority of the victims of Northern Ireland's "Troubles", none of the crimes have been solved and the perpetrators remain unpunished. The families of the Disappeared are frustrated that Northern Ireland appears so reluctant to investigate its past.
A religious medal, which was found sewn into the waistband of Charlie Armstrong's trousers when his remains were discovered, is displayed in the family home in Crossmaglen, County Armagh November 4, 2014. Armstrong disappeared after he left to go to Mass on August 15, 1981 aged 55. His body was found in a bog three miles from the family home. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS