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Rwanda: Do you know this child?

28-05-1997 News Release 97/20

How do you trace the families of infants too young to know their full names or from where their families come? This is the problem facing the ICRC and other agencies doing tracing work in Rwanda, which have been very successful so far in tracking down the relatives of children returning from the former Zaire.

The ICRC and UNICEF have published a 44-page booklet containing colour photos of 242 Rwandan children who became separated from their parents during the repatriation from Zaire in November 1996. There are now plans to produce a second booklet with the pictures of 400 unaccompanied infants, all newly registered by the ICRC.

The booklet, which is distributed throughout the country, asks anyone recognizing a child to contact one of the ten local ICRC offices. The children whose photos are shown are being cared for by MSF-Belgium near Gisenyi, by Concern in Ruhengeri and by the Rwandan and Belgian Red Cross in Gitarama.