Reference : V-P-CG-E-00146
Date : 19/03/2012
Country/Region : CONGO
Caption : Brazzaville, mortuary. An ICRC forensic medical expert trains staff to conduct post-mortem examinations of unidentified bodies following the explosion of ammunition stockpiles.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : There is enough medicines to meet the needs of some 1,000 people for three months.

ICRC website, Operational Update, 22-03-2012

Republic of the Congo: clearing the stricken area and reuniting families

Since ammunition stockpiles exploded in Brazzaville on 4 March, unexploded devices in inhabited areas have been and still are a major hazard for the population and emergency services alike.


Management of dead bodies

A total of 288 corpses have so far been identified at the Brazzaville mortuary, where some 15 others have so far not been identified. An unknown number of bodies are still in the zone now being cleared. With the aim of helping families to find out what happened to their missing loved ones, ICRC staff specializing in forensic medicine and in tracing services are supporting the local authorities in their efforts to manage mortal remains.

An ICRC forensic medical expert is leading and supervising the collection of post-mortem data from dead bodies in cooperation with the staff at the Brazzaville mortuary. Seven members of a Congolese medical research foundation are trained in the techniques required.


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Orientation : landscape
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