Reference : V-P-LR-E-00522
Date : 14/12/2011
Caption : Nimba county, Bahn refugee camp. An ICRC employee interviews an Ivorian refugee.
Photographer : KERO, Noora
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The woman interviewed is Henriette. She takes care of two unaccompanied children, Céléstine and Mohammed, who are about to be reunited with their family under the aegis of the ICRC.

ICRC website, Photo gallery, 17-01-2012

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 has become very attached to Céléstine and Mohammed and will be sad to see them leave tomorrow.

Céléstine's mother is dead and Mohammed's mother left with a new husband when the boy was three years old. "As a woman, you take care of any children as if they were your own," she says.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour