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ICRC reunites child with father

02-07-2007 News Release

Amman (ICRC) – On Sunday 1st July, a Jordanian child who had been living in Iraq with his mother was reunited with his father under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

   
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After almost 2 years of separation, Qossay – now 2 years old – was received in Jordan at the airport by his father and a representative from the ICRC.

For the past 2 years, Qossay was living with his Iraqi mother in Baghdad. Yet, after an explosion took her life a few months ago, his grandmother has been caring for him. Eager to bring his son to Jordan, but unable to do so himself due to the ongoing violence in Iraq, the father contacted the grandmother and both made arrangements for Qossay's travel to Jordan.

ICRC Tracing Officer, Ali Abdallah, said: " Every year, the ICRC deals with hundreds of cases of separated families. In 2006 alone, the ICRC registered more than 1'500 separated children around the world. Once their families were located, it organised and supported the reunification of and approximately 1'080 children with their families " .  

At the request of the father, and in cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society and the Jordanian authorities, the ICRC's Tracing Agency facilitated the repatriation of Qossay through one of its Red Cross aircrafts, which landed in Marka Airport in the early afternoon hours on Sunday.

 For more information:  

 ICRC Amman, Rabab Al-Rifaï: + 962 6 460 4300 or + 962 777 398 774  

 ICRC Iraq, Hicham Hassan: + 962 6 552 3994 or + 962 777 399 614