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Reference : V-P-CD-E-02416
Date : 22/08/2017
Caption : Haut-Katanga province, Lubumbashi. Thanks to ICRC support, Marie is reunited with her uncle after being separated for several months.
Photographer : BASHENGEZI, Paulin
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

“Marie became separated from her parents in 2016 as they fled clashes between ethnic groups in their home village in the south-eastern province of Tanganyika. She ended up at a camp for internally displaced people, where she was cared for by ICRC staff.
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