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Reference : V-P-CD-E-02414
Date : 22/08/2017
Caption : Lubumbashi. Thanks to ICRC support, Marie-Clarisse is on her way to be reunited with her family after several months apart.
Photographer : KAMBALE, Wassy
Person appearing :
CIPOLLA, Christine (head of delegation, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery “Democratic Republic of the Congo: Children enduring war and family separation”, 14 September 2017

“In June this year, Marie-Clarisse became separated from her parents as the family fled clashes between the army and other groups in Sud-Kivu province in the east of the country. The ICRC found her 70 kilometres from her home. She had been walking for three days. It can sometimes take the ICRC months or even years to find a missing person. But every reunion makes all the effort worthwhile – a moment of unbridled joy and happiness.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), war and other violence is the number-one reason that children become separated from their parents. "Conflict is devastating millions of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,"said Christine Cipolla, head of the ICRC delegation in the country. "More than 3 million people are displaced and utterly destitute, often with nothing to eat and without a roof over their heads.
Many children have become separated from their families and have no way of keeping in touch. More worrying still, some of them have been enlisted into armed groups."In August this year we chartered a flight to reunite 24 children, including 18 former armed group members, with their families back home in Nord-Kivu, Haut-Lomami, Tanganyika and Haut-Katanga provinces.”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5184x3456
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour