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Ivory Coast: little boy reunited with his family after months of separation

19-12-2003 News Release 03/160

For the first time since the crisis in Ivory Coast started in September 2002, the ICRC was able to cross the ceasefire line to reunite a child with his family.

Daniel, aged 6, was taken in a vehicle marked with a red cross to join his grandparents in Duékoué, which lies in a government-controlled area in the west of the country.

Daniel's grandmother had asked the ICRC to trace her grandson, having heard nothing of him since the conflict started. She thought he was in the Man area, which is under the control of the Forces nouvelles. The ICRC located Daniel and informed his family via a Red Cross message and a photo. All that remained was to arrange for the little boy to return to his grandparents, 50 km away. Authorities of the two sides agreed to his transfer across the ceasefire line.

Since the crisis started, the ICRC and the Ivory Coast Red Cross have together reunited 24 children with their families.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Monique Nanchen, ICRC Abidjan, tel.: ++225 224 000 70