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Centre opens for Tamil children

The United Nations Children’s Fund has opened a controversial rehabilitation centre for child soldiers in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tiger rebel group has sent 50 children to be demobilised in the centre in Kilinochchi, in the north. Unicef’s Ted Chaiban said: “This is a big day for the children who have been among the people at most risk during the conflict.” But the centre has drawn criticism because the rebels’ charity wing is involved in the project. Mr Chaiban, head of the Unicef mission based in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, warned that there were still cases of child recruitment by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “If the rehabilitation of the child soldiers is to succeed then your recruitment of children has to stop,” he told the rebels. Full Story

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