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close this bookICRC Activities in Rwanda: 1993 - 6 April 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 230 p.)
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ICRC News 97/46 - 19 November 1997

Rwanda: Children seek parents through ICRC photo album

There are 440 pictures in all, each of an infant holding a board with an identification number in front of him or her. Some appear bewildered, others stare timidly, a few smile. They are all very young, most of them between one and four years of age.

These are children who became separated from their families during the return of Rwandan refugees from the former Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Because they are so young, they are unable to provide any information about their identity, the names of their parents or their places of origin.

The ICRC, with the help of UNICEF, is distributing 2,500 copies of the photo album to churches, municipal offices and NGOs throughout Rwanda, even in the most remote areas of the country. Entitled “Do You Know This Child?”, the album contains a plea to anyone who recognizes any of the children to contact the nearest ICRC office.

“Because we have so little information”, explained Roberta Martinelli, the ICRC Tracing Agency coordinator in Rwanda, “there is no other way of carrying out an active search for their relatives. We hope the album will bring the families to us.”

Last May, the ICRC distributed the first photo-tracing album with 208 pictures of infants. Over 100 of the children in this first album have now been reunited with their families. “As well as the parents of those children”, Ms Martinelli added, “hundreds of other families have contacted us because of the album, providing useful details about their own lost children.”

Since the mass return of refugees to Rwanda last November, the ICRC has registered 1,800 cases of children separated from their families and too young to give any information about them. A third photo-tracing album is already being prepared and should be distributed at the beginning of next year.