Practice Relating to Rule 105. Respect for Family Life
Guinea’s Children’s Code (2008) states:
Competent Guinean authorities shall help international organizations tasked with protecting and assisting refugees with their efforts … to find the parents or close relatives of unaccompanied refugee Children in order to obtain the necessary information for reuniting them with their families.
In 2009, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Guinea stated:
471. Guinea has been greatly affected by the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone that have raged since 24 December 1989. Faithfully observing international human rights agreements, the  Convention [on the Rights of the Child] and the  African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Guinea has generously opened its doors to more than half a million refugees, including more than 305,000 children and young persons under 18 years of age (or 61 per cent of the refugee population), traumatized and hounded by a war that threatens their survival. They have been given shelter throughout the national territory, but especially in Guinée Forestière.
475. This situation has also given rise to … separated children from their families. A study conducted in November 1999 by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has helped to identify and document 252 separated children on the streets of Conakry. … Many children who were separated from their families as they fled were taken in by the refugee families. Some were taken by Guinean families on their arrival in Guinea.
477. … IRC puts the number of separated children living in Guinea at more than 10,000.
482. Action taken:
- Establishment of a family tracing and reunification programme for separated children.