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LTTE's Child Soldier Drive Gains Momentum

Last week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels kidnapped five schoolboys from eastern Sri Lanka, even as a new report says they have intensified their child recruitment drive, abducting children from schools and temples: making a mockery of recent efforts to rehabilitate child soldiers. The boys were abducted along with 17 other youths, most of them aged below 20. Ironically, the rebels also handed over 49 child soldiers to the UNICEF for rehabilitation in their new transit camp. The boys from Valachchanai in the Eastern district of Batticoloa were abducted last Saturday while playing in the village council grounds after a tuition class. After the abduction, parents and teachers of the abducted boys rushed to the LTTE office in Valachchanai, but the rebels denied any involvement in the incident. Full Story

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