The humanitarian agencies are closely monitoring the well being and health of the children, which for the time being is considered satisfactory. Since their arrival, a few children have been treated for minor injuries.
The joint ICRC, UNHCR, UNICEF team, their partners and the local administrative Chadian authorities, are combining all their efforts to establish a clear picture of the experiences the children had to endure, find out who they are and where they come from in order to find the appropriate solution for each child. The assistance provided to the local authorities is in accordance with the agencies’ code of conduct which requires impartiality and non-discrimination.
Collecting information to start tracing the children’s families is a painstaking undertaking and particularly challenging considering the number of children, their young age and the prevailing situation in the region. The aim is to collect as much information as possible as quickly as possible, while at the same time stabilising the psychological and emotional state of the children.
The preliminary information collected so far from the children, who are hosted under the responsibility of the Chadian authorities, needs to be first verified in the villages. The information has been shared with the Government. Over the coming weeks, ICRC, UNHCR and UNICEF with the support of their partners, will continue their efforts to find a quick and appropriate solution for each one of the 103 children to allow them to go back home, join their families and live a child’s live.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information please contact :
ICRC: Inah Kaloga, + 235 620 10 05 – http://www.cicr.org/
UNHCR: Annette Rehrl, + 235 638 51 95 – http://www.unhcr.org/
UNICEF: Jean-François Basse, + 235 679 01 12 – http://www.unicef.org/