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Central African Republic: Children and parents back together at last

04-12-2003 News Release 03/153

After months of separation, Justin, Bénédicte and Fané are to be reunited with their families in Bangui and Bossangoa in the Central African Republic.

The three children had fled their country following the events of last March, and had become separated from their parents. The ICRC registered them when they were living with other Central African refugees in southern Chad. The organization contacted their family in the Central African Republic to check that it would be safe for them to return. On 4 December, an ICRC-chartered aircraft flew them from Sarh in southern Chad to Bangui, from where they will be taken to rejoin their parents.

The ICRC will continue to help unaccompanied refugee children in Chad to rejoin their families in the Central African Republic.

 Zoran Jovanovic, ICRC Yaoundé, tel.: ++237 222 58 59 / 223 94 25