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Beautiful Photos Capture Families Reuniting in Ivory Coast

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Children often get separated from their families in times of armed conflict. Reuniting them with their loved ones or communities of origin provides a glimmer of hope in what often seem like dire situations.

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers help people separated by conflict and disasters to search for and contact their loved ones, also known as Restoring Family Links (RFL). We search for separated family members and provides phone call and Red Cross messages to connect families or deliver news about people’s whereabouts. Whenever possible, Red Cross volunteers actually reunite families.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a powerful series of photos, showing hundreds of children reuniting with their families after being separated as a result of post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast.

You can see this beautiful reunification photo series on the ICRC’s website.

 

Photo above: Estelle (far right) and her sister recalled having to flee from Ivory Coast with their mother in 2011. She could not contain her emotions over the pain of having to flee and the joy of returning home to her own country. “My sister and I left our country running and hiding in bushes before entering Liberia. But today, the ICRC put us in three Land Cruisers and gave us travel papers to cross the border,” she said. Varney Bawn / ICRC