Red Cross registers nearly 200 unaccompanied children following Goma volcano disaster
25-01-2002 News Release 02/08
Geneva/Goma (ICRC) - The Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of the Congo working with the support of the ICRC has so far registered nearly 200 children separated from their families following last week's volcano eruption. Most of the unaccompanied children were found in Goma; however, the Red Cross also registered children in villages on Lake Kivu, and 50 separated children were traced in the city of Bukavu, on the southern shore of the lake. Meanwhile, nearly 400 parents looking for their children have contacted the Red Cross. So far, 25 families have been successfully reunited. The ICRC is collaborating with other organisations, notably UNICEF and Save the Children, to deal with this humanitarian problem.
To facilitate family reunions, information concerning the separated children is being posted at aid distribution sites throughout Goma. Their names are also regularly broadcast on local radio. Furthermore, the Red Cross operates ten contact sites in Goma and two nearby towns for families seeking their children. The family tracing activities are carried out using the extensive network of Congolese Red Cross volunteers based all over North Kivu Province.