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Vol 44 No 16

Published 8th August 2003


Liberia

Abandoned children

As Nigerian units redeploy to Liberia from United Nations' peacekeeping duties in Freetown, child protection agencies are warning that severe funding shortfalls for long-term rehabilitation of child soldiers mean that thousands of Sierra Leonean children risk being drawn back into the cycle of violence. The UN estimates one in ten children in the region has seen combat and large numbers of under-18s are fighting in all of Liberia's factions.

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