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Tamil child soldiers to be released

Nearly 50 child soldiers will soon be released by Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels to a transit centre for eventual return to their homes, the UN agency for children said on Thursday. The transit centre, the first of three to be set up, is part of an action plan drawn up by the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to help children as part of a process to end two decades of civil war. “There will be 49 to start with,” said Ted Chaiban, country representative for Unicef. “This is a very important interim step,” he said of the centre that opens on Friday in Kilinochchi, a rebel-controlled town about 330km north of Colombo. At the centre, which can hold up to 150 children, the former soldiers will be checked to see what rehabilitation they will need when they go home. Full Story

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