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Democratic Republic of the Congo: 21 unaccompanied children from Goma reunited with their families in Kinshasa

20-01-2004 News Release 04/04

On 16 January the ICRC brought 21 unaccompanied children from Goma to Kinshasa, where they were reunited with their families.

The children were aged between two months and 18 years, although over half of them were under 13. Unaccompanied children are registered and then, if they so wish, reunited with their families thanks to the invaluable support of volunteers from the Congolese Red Cross, who make sure beforehand that the relatives have been located.

Following these family reunifications, which take place in all provinces of the country, the cases of children who have been lucky enough to rejoin their relatives can be closed. The ICRC has been running this programme for unaccompanied children since it began working in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1993.

In 2003, over 1,000 children were reunited with their parents in the country.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Alec Guichard, ICRC Bukavu, tel. ++250 0830 0451 or ++250 0830 0461