Reference : V-P-LR-E-00518
Date : 14/12/2011
Caption : Nimba County, Bahn refugee camp. A volunteer of the ICRC restoring family links programme.
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.

Alphonse, also a refugee, is the neighbour of Céléstine, Mohammed and Henriette in the camp.

Already a Red Cross volunteer back home in Côte d'Ivoire, he's one of the Red Cross tracing volunteers in Bahn camp who facilitate refugees' phone calls to their families, collect Red Cross messages and help the ICRC register the children. Alphonse has the great advantage that he speaks the local languages, and can act as an interpreter between ICRC staff and refugees who speak neither French nor English.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour