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Reference : V-P-CF-E-00733
Date : 22/05/2013
Caption : Bangui, demobilization and rehabilitation centre. It was through a Red Cross message that Mariam (not her real name) learnt of her father's death; at the time, Mariam belonged to an armed group.
Photographer : BEKOUROU, Romaric
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
Her return home will be bittersweet, but the joy of seeing her mother again will ease her pain somewhat.

ICRC website, Photo gallery, 14/06/2013

Central African Republic: Fourteen former child soldiers reunited with their parents

On 1 June 2013, fourteen children were finally reunited with their families, some of them after years of separation. The children had all been recruited into armed groups or the armed forces. Before returning home, they spent several months at a demobilization and rehabilitation centre in Bangui, where they were kept busy with games and given business or tailoring training. The aim of these activities was to help the children overcome their traumatic experience and regain as much of a normal life as possible. (* Please note that the children's real names are not used.)
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3648x2736
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour