• Dressed in new clothes for the occasion, Niyonzima and Justin look forward to being reunited with their family. I missed my mother, says Justin, Every time I needed something, she would give it to me.
    • Dressed in new clothes for the occasion, Niyonzima and Justin look forward to being reunited with their family. “I missed my mother,” says Justin, “Every time I needed something, she would give it to me.”
      © ICRC / Angela Bertini Schuldt
  • Justin (left) waits for his friends as they are received by the ICRC team from Goma, DRC, at the DRC-Uganda border.
    • Justin (left) waits for his friends as they are received by the ICRC team from Goma, DRC, at the DRC-Uganda border.
      © ICRC / Angela Bertini Schuldt
  • Crossing the Bunagana border, the children are evidently excited, happy to have arrived back in the DRC. The idea of finding their family makes them sing and jump for joy. Seven-year-old Moses, striking a victory sign, exclaims, My home is in Kitshanga and they told me that tomorrow I'll go home! I'm finally going to live with my family again and it makes me very happy.
  • During the reunions, the entire village comes out to celebrate the arrival of the returning children. It is an opportunity also for the former playmates to ask a thousand and one questions about life away from home.
  • A grandmother’s joy is almost palpable on seeing her long-lost grandson, Bahati Erick. It is two years since I have seen my grandson. I thought I had lost him forever. I thought he was dead, she says. When the Red Cross volunteer came to say that he had been found, I did not believe it. I was waiting to see it, to believe. And now that I have seen it, I can die in peace because my grandson is here.
  • Justin and Niyonzima are finally back home with their father (right).
  • “I'm very happy to be back with my family and friends,” says Amani Jean-Marie Amini, the young man in red trousers, posing with his family. “It is when you are away from home that you realize how much it is important to be with family. I am also pleased to be back at school and to see my classmates again,” he adds.

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