adjective[+persona, objeto] missing; [+especie] extinct; (Latinoamérica) (Política) missing
el libro desaparecido the missing book; tres continúan desaparecidos three are still missing; uno de los animales desaparecidos one of the extinct animals; desaparecido en combate missing in action; MIA
(Latinoamérica) (Política) missing person
los desaparecidos missing persons plural; (p) número de muertos, heridos y desaparecidos number of dead, wounded and missing
Los desaparecidos is the name given to those who disappeared during the military dictatorships in the Southern Cone in the 1970s. Thousands of people were taken from their homes, schools and places of work and never seen again. Few of "the disappeared" were ever found alive, although a certain number of bodies were recovered in mass graves. Families of the victims joined forces to form pressure groups like Argentina's Madres y Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo, but although some managed to identify and recover the bodies of their relatives, the perpetrators were rarely brought to justice.