2500-year-old missing persons case solved?

Okay, this article is almost a year old, but I just found it: according to Herodotus, in 525 BC a Persian army crossing the desert en route to attack Greece vanished entirely in a massive sandstorm and were never found. Well, archaeologists may have found the army, or part of it anyway, buried in the sand right around the place where they were said to have vanished. The archaeologists sound awfully sure that these are the ones.

Occupying army loses Iraqi child

I just found this incredibly sad article about an eleven-year-old Iraqi boy named Memmon al-Maliki who was injured in a munitions blast in April 2003. His parents gave him to the care of the British authorities, who promised to take him to a field hospital and take care of him. They never saw him again and no one seems to know what happened to him. The Brits say he was transferred to an American hospital in Kuwait, but the Americans say they don’t have him now and maybe never did.

It sounds like the child may simply have died as the result of his injuries, but if so, in whose custody did he die and where is his body?

I never wanted to go to war in the first place. This is just another failure from the so-called liberation of Iraq.

Surprising recovery

I received an email today from a relative of Seif Benkailly Mahssen, who held the distinction of being the oldest family abduction case profiled on the Charley Project. He was less than a year old when his Yemeni father ran off with him back in 1958. Frankly, I didn’t expect they would ever find him. But Seif’s relative says he’s been found alive and well in Yemen! I’m sure his mother must be so glad. I hope Seif is willing to reconnect with her.