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Reference : V-P-CD-E-02418
Date : 22/08/2017
Caption : Thanks to ICRC support, a group of demobilized children are on their way to be reunited with their families after months, or in some cases years, apart.
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

“Many children in the DRC are still enlisted into armed groups by force or against their will, even though the practice is banned by law. Some are sent to fight. Others are used as cooks, porters, messengers, scouts, mascots or spies. Some are subjected to sexual exploitation. Girls are forced into marriage. For many, it takes years before they can return to civilian life.
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