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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03477-N
Date : 07/2022
Title : RDC : le CICR facilite la réunification de 83 enfants séparés de leurs parents par les conflits armés = DRC : ICRC helps reunite 83 children separated from their families by armed conflict
Duration : 00:06:49
Editor : BUSASI NSALIMBI, Jonathan; SECK, Mouhamadou Birom
Person appearing :
MBUYI, Albert Mukenga (field officer, ICRC)
ANSELMO, Florence (chef de l'Agence centrale de recherches, CICR)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
BUSASI NSALIMBI, Jonathan
Editor : BUSASI NSALIMBI, Jonathan; SECK, Mouhamadou Birom
Description : Eighty-three children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, aged five to 19 years old, have at last been reunited with their families, sometimes after years of waiting. From 6 to 8 July, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out an extensive operation to reunite these children, who had been separated from their families by armed conflict.

This large operation is the culmination of tracing work started between 2019 and 2021. In some cases, tracing the family members took a long time, because the address or other critical information was lacking, because the area was difficult to reach, or because of logistical or security constraints.

“You can see that the children need time to process what’s happening to them. Some of them don’t remember their parents,” said Florence Anselmo, head of the ICRC’s Central Tracing Agency.

The biggest reunion was in the town of Manono, where 53 families were overjoyed to see their children again. Jérémie was one such child: after a long time, he was at last reunited with his father.

“I’ve come home. I’ll go to school and one day I’ll be an information technology specialist,” he said, simply.

Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has registered hundreds of cases of children separated from their parents as a result of armed conflict or other violence, mainly in the eastern part of the country. The numbers are growing sharply in North Kivu in particular, owing to the escalation of violence in Rutshuru.

To help these families, the ICRC and the DRC Red Cross have created a system to help people trace and contact their families if they have been displaced or separated from them. These efforts have allowed nearly 200 children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be reunited with their families in just the last six months, and more than 2,500 to be reunited between 2017 and 2021.
Original language : International soundtrack
French title : RDC : le CICR facilite la réunification de 83 enfants séparés de leurs parents par les conflits armés
English title : DRC : ICRC helps reunite 83 children separated from their families by armed conflict
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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