Children across the globe go missing every day – in Australia, two young people are reported missing every hour.
Today, Monday 25 May, is International Missing Children’s Day.
The day aims to raise awareness of the missing children across the globe and spreads a message of hope.
For this year’s campaign, the Australian Federal Police is tapping into the collective loss and grief people are feeling around the world through the coronavirus crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge changes to everyday life, forcing many to live in isolation awaiting their reunion with the people, places and things they hold dear.
Most people can take comfort knowing that they will eventually be reunited with those they are missing.
This is in stark contrast to the families and friends living with a missing child, desperately longing for their reunion day.
The underlying message of the day is #MissingChildrenDeserveAReunionToo.
Among the thousands of missing children across the globe is Gordana Kotevski.
Gordana was last seen in Charlestown in 1994.
At 8.45pm on 24 November, the then 16-year-old had been shopping at Charlestown Shopping Centre with her friends.
She made her way down Powell Street, sighted by numerous witnesses, and was about 50 metres short of her aunt’s house when witnesses heard screams.
Shortly afterwards, a white 4WD Toyota Hilux was seen driving away from the scene towards the Pacific Highway.
Her belongings were found on the footpath shortly afterwards but Gordana was never seen again.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For updates on the investigation, go to the Facebook page Gordana Kotevski – What happened to me?