Continued rebel abduction of children in Uganda remains "cause for great distress"
Despite the repatriation today of 47 abducted Ugandan children from Sudan, the continued kidnapping of youngsters by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as soldiers and sex slaves remains a “cause for great distress,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. Up to 12,000 children in the conflict-affected districts of northern Uganda are estimated to have been abducted by the LRA since June 2002 alone, and in April the plight of these child soldiers topped the list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). UNICEF today called on Ugandan civilian and military authorities to protect the rights of the 47 formerly abducted children, possibly by granting them direct passage to non-governmental organization reception centres where they can receive urgent medical care and begin the process of reunification with families. Full Story