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Reference : V-P-CG-E-00152
Date : 14/07/2014
Country/Region : CONGO; RWANDA
Caption : Cuvette Department, along the Congo River, Mossaka. Children bath and play in the river and women and young girls wash their dishes.
Photographer : COHEN, Nadia Shira
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Mossaka is a home to thousands of refugees, many of whom are Rwandese. The parents of two sisters were Rwandan refugees who fled their country’s genocide in 1994. They met in a refugee camp in Congo Brazzaville and had four children, yet both of them fell ill with aids. The mother died when the girls were just babies and the father arrived in the village of Loukoléla, built for Rwandan refugees after the genocide, along the Congo River. He died a few years later and the girls, with no other relatives in the area, were entrusted to a family that has been using them as domestic servants. The family was reported to the ICRC and a case was opened to find any living relatives of the children. Through the ICRC’s global family tracing team, the girls’ maternal grandmother was found to be living at the periphery of Kigali and agreed to take them in and raise them. She heard about the search from a neighbour who had heard the announcement on the radio. The two sisters travelled two days by boat, one day by car, and on an airplane, back to the country of their roots, Rwanda.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5476x3650
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour