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Sierra Leone / Liberia: 15 families reunited

23-12-2005 News Release 05/98

On 21 December the ICRC reunited 15 Liberian minors with relatives, several years after armed conflict forced them to flee into Sierra Leone, where they lost contact with those at home

Aged between nine and 19, the youngsters lived with foster families in various refugee camps in Sierra Leone.

Once the long process of tracing loved ones was complete, they were taken from the camps by road to Freetown and then flown aboard an ICRC aircraft to Monrovia and Voinjama in Liberia, where relatives were waiting for them. For the first time in many years they will be able to spend Christmas with family.

Since the hostilities in Sierra Leone ended in 2002, the ICRC has reunited more than 2,300 minors from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire with their immediate families or closest remaining relatives in West Africa.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Philippe Stoll, ICRC Freetown, tel : +232 76 821 506  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel : +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17