Reference : V-P-CD-E-02082
Date : 15/05/2014
Caption : North Kivu province, Goma. Children are reunited with their aunt more than one year after their separation due to the armed conflict.
Photographer : KATSUVA KAMATE, Christian
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : 4 sisters and one brother, between 7 and 15 years old, are reunited with their aunt (the father's sister) after more than one and a half years of separation. They are originally from Goma in North Kivu. They lost their parents in November 2012, when the town was taken over by the armed group M23. Friends of the family gave them shelter and took them with them on their flight to Kasaï Oriental province.

Restoring family links activity in DRC. Special flight. For 3 days a plane hired by the ICRC has been travelling 5'560 km through 7 provinces in the entire country to reunify 54 children with their families. These children were separated from their families due to the ongoing violence and armed conflict in the country for the past 20 years. In total, 240 unaccompanied children, among them 84 who have been forced to serve in the military or an armed group, have been reunited with their families in DRC or neighboring countries between January and May 2014.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3872x2592
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour