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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.
Columba McVeigh's last letter home to his mother is displayed in his brother Oliver's house in County Tyrone November 7, 2014. Columba disappeared on November 1, 1975 aged 17. His body has never been recovered. His mother's wish was that her rosary beads be placed in Columba's coffin when he is found. CATHAL MCNAUGHTON/REUTERS