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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01623-N
Date : 08/08/2016
Country/Region : NIGERIA; CHAD
Title : Family reunification : Nigerian children make the long journey home
Duration : 00:05:09
Editor : NG'ANG'A KAMAU, Mark; FOULKES, Imogen
Person appearing :
TARABBIA, Serena (delegate, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV520N
Description : Armed conflict in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region has displaced an estimated two million people and Dar es Salaam refugee camp in Chad is now home to around 5,000 people. Many of them are children, and many of those children are completely alone.
All over the world, the ICRC works to reunite families divided by conflict. But identifying lost children, and tracing their parents, can be very difficult. For Tarabbia and her colleagues in Chad it is often a painstaking process.
And so, after several months of painstaking tracing work, nine children and their families have finally been identified, and the children begin the long trip home. For some, it is hard to say goodbye to those who have been caring for them in Chad. For others, the journey itself seems a daunting prospect.
But at Maiduguri airport in Nigeria, they know their families are waiting, and as they get closer to their destination, the spirits of the young refugees begin to lift.
When the moment of reunification comes, it is overwhelming. Many parents had not dared hope they would see their children again. For some children, like 11 year old Ibrahim, the reunion brings grief as well as happiness. He has become an orphan, and his grandmother, who has come to meet him, is now his only relative.
Meanwhile, four- year old Bintu is just too young to properly remember her half-sister Aisha…and neither of them know where their mother is.
But for all these families, being together again is a huge relief.
And so for these children, family life can begin again. But thousands more remain separated by conflict, alone in refugee camps and other places. The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society are supporting the authorities in their effort to address the issue of the Missing persons. For these affected people and for all the families without news from relatives, the work of identification, tracing, and reunification must go on.
The names of children have been changed to protect their privacy.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Family reunification : Nigerian children make the long journey home
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422