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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Children reunited with families

26-09-2003 News Release 03/118

The ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday completed a series of flights between the east and the west of the country to reunite 82 unaccompanied children with their families.

The organization’s DC-3 flew 55 children from Goma to Kinshasa on 8 and 25 September, while 27 others travelled from Kinshasa to Goma on 24 September.

The children varied in age between 2 and 18. Over half were under 13. Children separated from their loved ones by armed conflict are registered by Red Cross or Red Crescent tracing staff. Those who so wish are reunited with their families. In this case the children owed much to volunteers from the Congolese Red Cross Society, who traced the relatives and checked that they wanted to have the children returned.

The Red Cross is working to reunite families all over the country. More than 730 children have been reunited with family members since the beginning of this year.

 Further information:  

 Elizabeth Twinch, ICRC Goma, tel. ++250 0830 0461  

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