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Democratic Republic of the Congo: More families reunited

11-12-2003 News Release 03/156

On 9 and 10 December the ICRC carried out an operation in eastern and western Democratic Republic of the Congo to reunite 37 unaccompanied children with their families.

The children were aged between two and 18 years. Over half were under 12. After being registered they returned of their own free will to their families, who had been traced by Congolese Red Cross volunteers.

The ICRC, which has been running its programme for unaccompanied children since it began working in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1993, reunites families in all of the country's provinces. Since the beginning of the year it has reunited more than 1,000 children with their parents; over 1,000 more are still waiting for their families to be located.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Elizabeth Twinch, ICRC Goma, tel. +250 08 30 04 61  

 Alec Guichard, ICRC Bukavu, tel. +250 08 30 04 51  

    

Video footage relating to this subject is available from shop.gva@icrc.org under the title " Babies snatched from death in Bunia remain separated from their families " (Betacam or VHS; running time 9 minutes 46 seconds). Reference: CR-F-00796-A.