Related photos
of 2
Reference : V-P-CD-E-02417
Date : 22/08/2017
Caption : Tuganyika province. Thanks to ICRC support, Euphrasie, 9 years old, will be reunited with her parents after several years apart.
Photographer : BASHENGEZI, Paulin
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

“Euphrasie was only four years old when she became separated from her parents amid clashes in April 2013. She lived with her adoptive parent – an army sergeant – until her father contacted us to help locate his daughter. Now aged nine, Euphrasie is finally back with her family. Christine Cipolla, head of the ICRC delegation in the DRC, is seen here trying to offer the girl some comfort and put her mind at ease. “Children always need time to readjust, especially when they were separated at such a young age. They often have no recollection of their birth parents. So we have processes in place to ease the transition back into the family.”
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