Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 May 2009

Burundi / Urgent support for newly demobilized children needed




Burundi / Urgent support for newly demobilized children needed


BUJUMBURA, Burundi, May 29, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.


On Burundi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is calling for urgent support for newly demobilized children in that country.


Now that the 340 children formerly associated with the FNL (Forces Nationales de Libération) have been released from the Gitega Demobilization Centre, she says they must receive long-term support to ensure their sustainable reintegration into their communities.


Coomaraswamy is calling for the demobilization of another 44 children who still remain with the FNL dissidents in two additional assembly sites.  And there is a press release on this upstairs as well.


United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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