Reference : V-P-CI-E-00251
Date : 15/12/2011
Caption : Westen Côte d'Ivoire, Dohouba village. Family portrait one day after a reunification, under the aegis of the ICRC, of Céléstine and Mohammed with their relatives. The two children were living in a refugee camp in Liberia.
Photographer : KERO, Noora
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 17-01-2012

Côte d'Ivoire/Liberia: Ivorian children rejoin their families

Liberia still hosts some 100,000 Ivorian refugees who fled the post-electoral violence after December 2010. As the situation in Côte d'Ivoire stabilizes, people are gradually returning. ICRC communication delegate Noora Kero travelled from Liberia to Côte d'Ivoire with seven refugee children who were on their way to rejoin their families. The children had become separated from their parents when they fled to Liberia. The ICRC and the Liberian Red Cross have registered close to 600 children and young people and traced their parents in Côte d'Ivoire. Now, they are bringing them home. Our photo diary traces Céléstine and Mohammed’s emotional journey from a Liberian refugee camp to their village in Côte d'Ivoire.

The next morning, we return to the village and visit the children to ensure that all is well.

Mohammed had looked confused the day before, but now he is relaxed and smiling, happy to be back with his family in the house he and his father share with Céléstine and her father. We ask the whole family to pose for one last photo and wish them well. ICRC staff working in Côte d’Ivoire will visit them in a month's time to check that the children are settling back into their families.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2781
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour