Reference : V-P-LR-E-00520
Date : 14/12/2011
Caption : Nimba County, Bahn refugee camp. Henriette, an Ivorian refugee, takes care of two unaccompanied children, Céléstine and Mohammed. Under the aegis of the ICRC, they will soon be reunited with their family.
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.

Henriette agreed to take care of Céléstine and Mohammed in the refugee camp after fleeing Côte d'Ivoire with her own five children.

After more than six months in the camp, she still has no news about her husband. Céléstine tells me how grateful they are to be taken care of by her. She feels Henriette is like her mother; "Henriette even looks like my mother," she says.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour