An Urgent Appeal - Please save Tsunami Tamil Children being recruited by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists as "Child Soldiers"

UNICEF Charges Sri Lanka Guerrillas with Recruiting Children - Officials with the U.N. Children's Fund in Sri Lanka say they have confirmed 40 cases of children being abducted or recruited as soldiers by the Tamil Tiger rebel group. It is the first major series of such recruitments since the December tsunami affected areas under the rebels' control. A spokesman for UNICEF in the Sri Lankan capital, Martin Dawes, says the organization is seeking the safe return of 40 children taken since last month's tsunami disaster by the Tamil rebels, also known as the LTTE. "We have had 40 verified cases by UNICEF of child recruitment of the LTTE since the tsunami. When we say verified, these are cases that have come to our attention from families or concerned people, which we were able to check out and basically take to the LTTE as a complaint," he said. The December 26 tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people in Sri Lanka primarily swept into the nation's northern and eastern coasts, including many areas under the rebels' control. The disaster prompted fears that the rebels would use the situation to recruit or abduct scores of children who had lost their parents or were temporarily separated from them. But Mr. Dawes says few of the children were recruited from camps for displaced people, suggesting that there may be broader strategy at work. "What is interesting about the figures is that out of the 40, four were taken out of the displacement camps, which suggest that it is a general recruitment amongst the population," he explained (Full report in Voice of America).

 

Fresh wave of child soldiers in Sri Lanka after tsunamis - The United Nations children’s fund Wednesday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of recruiting at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka’s coastlines and killed nearly 31,000 people. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors in the northeastern region of Trincomalee and another from the neighbouring Batticaloa district, UNICEF said. The other children had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. “We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis,” Keele said. “We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no.” A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. Keele said UNICEF was involved in extensive post-tsunami relief operations and had hoped the Tigers would stop taking children into their ranks. The UN agency had initially raised the cases of 29 children with the Tigers but the figure later rose to 40. There was no immediate response from the rebels, he said (Full report in Daily times, Pakistan).

 

Tigers prey on young survivors to boost ranks of child soldiers - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since the tsunami devastated Sri Lanka's coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the UN children's fund said yester- day. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors, while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerillas, Unicef said. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunami," Unicef spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster, the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." Human Rights Watch in November accused the rebels of enlisting more than 3,500 boys and girls under 18 since the Oslo-brokered truce went into place in April 2003. A child as young as 13 was among 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. There was no immediate response from the rebels. Tiger guerillas were not immediately available for comment, but have said they were providing food and shelter to poor children. The Tigers used intimidation and threats to pressure Tamil families in the north and east to provide their sons and daughters for military service (Full report in Asia News in Italy).

 

Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka's coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the United Nations children's fund said Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF said. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. Keele said UNICEF was involved in extensive post-tsunami relief operations and had hoped the Tigers would stop taking children into their ranks. The UN agency had initially raised the cases of 29 children with the Tigers but the figure later rose to 40. There was no immediate response from the rebels, he said. Tiger guerrillas were not immediately available for comment but have in the past denied recruiting children. They have said they are providing food and shelter to poor children. Troops and rebels have been observing a truce since February 2002 despite a breakdown in peace negotiations since April 2003. Human Rights Watch last November accused the rebels of enlisting more than 3,500 boys and girls aged below 18 since the Oslo-brokered truce went into place. "The ceasefire has brought an end to the fighting but not to the Tamil Tigers' use of children as soldiers," said Jo Becker, children's rights advocacy director for the New York-based group (Full report in Borneo Bulletin).

 

Sri Lanka rules out direct tsunami aid to Tiger rebels - Lanka today ruled out foreign governments giving direct aid to Tamil Tiger rebels and insisted that all external help must go through Colombo.  Presidential spokesman Harim Peiris told reporters here that there was no question of any relief funds going directly to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "No foreign government will deal with a non-governmental actor," Peiris told reporters at a conference to review the first month's work after the tsunamis devastated much of the island's coastline. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said there had been no response yet from the Tamil Tigers to a government invitation to work together in delivering tsunami aid to people in affected areas of the island's north-east. The remarks came a day after aid donors appealed to Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels to forge a united front in their response to last month's tsunami disaster which killed 30,957 people by official count (Full report in New Kerala)

 

Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF - At least 40 child soldiers have been recruited by the LTTE after last month’s tsunami disaster, AFP reported UNICEF as saying yesterday. The Tigers had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the north and east held by them, UNICEF is reported to have said. The AFP report added : "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. Keele said UNICEF was involved in extensive post-tsunami relief operations and had hoped the Tigers would stop taking children into their ranks. The UN agency had initially raised the question of 27 children with the Tigers but the figure later rose to 40. There was no immediate response from the rebels, he said. Tiger guerrillas were not immediately available for comment but have in the past denied recruiting children. They have said they are providing food and shelter to poor children (full report in Island).

 

Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF - The LTTE recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka's coastline, the United Nations children's fund said yesterday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by them, UNICEF said. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17 (Full report in Daily News).

Sri Lanka’s LTTE Recruiting Tsunami Affected Children: Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International Say Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are already recruiting children affected by the December 26 tsunami disaster for the use as soldiers to replace forces lost to the tsunami, says New York based Human Rights Watch in its latest report. In a stark coincidence, Amnesty International issued a separate report last week, noting that it is concerned by reports from Sri Lanka that orphaned children may be recruited as soldiers by the LTTE in the north and east of the country, and is monitoring this development very closely. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) meanwhile reported on Thursday on three cases of children recruited from camps of tsunami survivors in Batticaloa and Ampara on the Sri Lanka’s eastern coast. Human Rights Watch says that it has received additional information on LTTE recruitment of children in eastern Trincomalee and northern Jaffna.  .......... “LTTE Still Has 1,250 Child Soldiers – The Latest Global Report Says” documented LTTE recruitment of thousands of children since a ceasefire between the Sri Lanka government and Tigers took effect in February 2002 (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Barring of night visit to relief camp arouses tension; Commandos turn away top tiger -  The STF had prevented a senior LTTE cadre from entering a tsunami welfare centre at Shanthi school, in Vinayagapuram Tuesday night, triggering tension in the area. Police commandos deployed outside the school premises had barred Kuileepan, believed to be the Tigers’ Ampara district political leader. "He tried to enter the school premises in a pick-up and we stopped him. We told him visitors weren’t allowed in the night and reminded him that the welfare centre is situated in the government-held area," Commandant DIG Nimal Lewke told The Island. "We asked them to visit the welfare centre in the morning." Kuileepan and four other LTTE cadres had come there earlier and had argued with commandos over, what Lewke termed, a ridiculous dispute. They had disputed the commandos’ right to talk with the displaced Tamils. They had ordered the people to keep off the STF or face the consequences. The commandos had dismissed Kuileepan’s group while urging them not to stir up trouble. They had returned around 11 pm demanding access to the welfare centre. "We denied him entry to the welfare centre. He was furious for obvious reasons," Lewke said, emphasizing that there was no basis for claims that Kuileepan or any of his accomplices were assaulted. Lewke accused the LTTE of challenging the commandos’ authority fearing growing relations between the police and the civilian population (Full report in Island).

 

STF thwarts LTTE's plans - The LTTE Political Head in Ampara along with several cadres had allegedly tried to abduct four tsunami orphans from a displaced camp in Akkaraipattu, STF sources said. STF Commandant DIG Nimal Lewke told the Daily News that STF and LTTE had several confrontations in a Akkaraipattu displaced camp while the STF was engaged in distributing food rations and providing security to tsunami victims. The DIG said that LTTE Political Head in Ampara, Kuyilinpan had entered the camp and had questioned STF officers about their duty. Kuyilinpan had then tried to abduct tsunami orphans without the consent of their parents which the STF had opposed. The matter was later brought before the SLMM, sources revealed. DIG Lewke was also in the view that LTTE cadres are being constantly pressurised by their superiors following the tsunami, to prevent closer links between the affected families and Armed Forces. Meanwhile in an another incident, two LTTE cadres who tried to go pass the Kachanakuda checkpoint were stopped by the STF (full report in Daily News).

 

Sri Lanka says no foreign aid direct to Tigers - The Sri Lankan government announced Wednesday that no foreign government would be channelingtsunami disaster relief aid to the Tamil Tiger rebels. Harim Peiris, the director general of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Resettlement told reporters that all foreign governments would only deal with the government of Sri Lanka.  Peiris said he was cautiously optimistic about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) coming into an agreement with the government for a joint mechanism to co-ordinate relief operations to tsunami victims in the war-torn north and east provinces. The rebels have blamed the government of blocking assistance tothe area for political reasons - a charge denied by the government.  Norwegian peace facilitators last week urged the two sides to agree to a mechanism for a joint relief effort. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar who was also present said that as of now there had been no agreement with the LTTE.  Sri Lanka has announced that 1.8 billion US dollars would be required to rebuild the tsunami devastation.  Secretary to the Treasury P.B. Jayasundera said that bilateral and multilateral pledges would be able to cover the full cost (Full report in China View).

 

Woman suicide bomber's accomplice remanded - Colombo Fort Magistrate and Additional District Judge Sarath C. Karunarante yesterday remanded Sathyaseelan Selvakumar (29) of Jaffna, the woman accomplice of the LTTE woman suicide bomber who committed suicide at the Kollupitiya Police station premises till February 9, 2005. Earlier, the Judge allowed an application made by the CID to question several persons who are alleged to have used cellular phones on the day of the incident. Investigations revealed that the LTTE had selected the suspect woman now in custody to accompany the woman suicide bomber as she had access to Minister Devananda's office. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) earlier took over the investigations into the LTTE suicide bomb attack at the Kollupitiya Police station, on July 7, where four police personnel and the LTTE woman suicide bomber were killed. The four police personnel killed were Inspector M.H.D. Ekanayake, Sergeant Artygala and two Reserve Police Constables Liyanage and Chandra Jayantha. The suspect woman was remanded till February 9, 2005 (Full report in Daily News).

 

UNICEF Charges Sri Lanka Rebels with Recruiting Child Soldiers - Officials with the U.N. Children's Fund in Sri Lanka say they have confirmed 40 cases of children being abducted or recruited as soldiers by the Tamil Tiger rebel group. It is the first major series of such recruitments since the December tsunami affected areas under the rebels' control. A spokesman for UNICEF in the Sri Lankan capital, Martin Dawes, says the organization is seeking the safe return of 40 children taken since last month's tsunami disaster by the Tamil rebels, also known as the LTTE. "We have had 40 verified cases by UNICEF of child recruitment of the LTTE since the tsunami. When we say verified, these are cases that have come to our attention from families or concerned people, which we were able to check out and basically take to the LTTE as a complaint," he said. The December 26th tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people in Sri Lanka primarily swept into the nation's northern and eastern coasts - including many areas under the rebels' control. The disaster prompted fears that the rebels would use the situation to recruit or abduct scores of children who had lost their parents or were temporarily separated from them (Full report in PolitInfo in Germany).

Tamil Tigers recruiting kids despite tsunami: UN - Asia's tsunami may have muffled the war drums between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the island's government, but the rebels are still recruiting child soldiers, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have recruited 40 children under the age of 18 in the month since the tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka's southern, eastern and northern seaboard on Dec.26, said Martin Dawes, UNICEF spokesman for South Asia. "We've got 40 cases we've been able to verify," Dawes said. "There's one 13-year-old. It goes up to 17. This is something we regret ... children have no place in the war." Four of the children had been living in camps for tsunami-displaced, but the majority had not been affected by Sri Lanka's worst natural disaster, which killed about 40,000 people (Full report in Express India).

Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka’s coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the United Nations children’s fund said Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF said. “We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis,” UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. “We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no.” A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. Keele said UNICEF was involved in extensive post-tsunami relief operations and had hoped the Tigers would stop taking children into their ranks. The UN agency had initially raised the cases of 29 children with the Tigers but the figure later rose to 40. There was no immediate response from the rebels, he said. Tiger guerrillas were not immediately available for comment but have in the past denied recruiting children. They have said they are providing food and shelter to poor children (Full report in Khaleej Times).

Tsunami victims now soldiers - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka and killed nearly 31 000 people, the United Nations children's fund said on Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF said. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesperson Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." (Full report in News 24 in South Africa).

Tamil Tigers recruiting kids despite tsunami-UN - Asia's tsunami may have muffled the war drums between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the island's government, but the rebels are still recruiting child soldiers, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have recruited 40 children under the age of 18 in the month since the tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka's southern, eastern and northern seaboard on Dec.26, said Martin Dawes, UNICEF spokesman for South Asia. "We've got 40 cases we've been able to verify," Dawes said. "There's one 13-year-old. It goes up to 17. This is something we regret ... children have no place in the war." Four of the children had been living in camps for tsunami-displaced, but the majority had not been affected by Sri Lanka's worst natural disaster, which killed about 40,000 people (Full report in Reuters).

LTTE has recruited 40 kids since tsunamis: UNICEF - Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since the tsunamis hit the island nation a month ago, the UNICEF charged on Tuesday. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But, unfortunately, no." He said 22 boys, of whom one was 13 years old, and 18 girls had been taken to swell the ranks of the LTTE despite concern being voiced by visiting foreign dignitaries and diplomats. All but one children were aged between 15 and 17 years, he added (Full report in Sify).

Tsunami orphans swell LTTE ranks - The Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since the tsunamis hit the island nation a month ago, the United Nations children agency said on Wednesday. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said.  "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But, unfortunately, no." He said 22 boys, of whom one was 13 years old, and 18 girls had been taken to swell the ranks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam despite concern being voiced by visiting foreign dignitaries and diplomats. All but one children were aged between 15 and 17 years, Keele said (Full report in Rediff).

Tamil Tigers recruited tsunami children - The United Nations claims Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers have recruited 40 children as soldiers from tsunami relief camps, the BBC said Wednesday.  "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunami," said UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele. "We had hoped that with such a disaster, the (Tigers) would have ended this practice. But unfortunately, no." Most of the 22 boys and 18 girls taken were aged between 15 and 17, although one recruit was 13, UNICEF said. The Dec. 26 tsunami killed nearly 31,000 people in Sri Lanka and displaced up to 1 million, many of them in the areas controlled by the Tigers, who want an autonomous homeland in the north and east of the island. In November, the Human Rights Watch organization accused the Tigers of recruiting more than 3,500 children since a February 2002 cease-fire, a claim the rebels deny (Full report in Washington Times).

Tamil Tigers 'draft child troops' - The United Nations children's fund, Unicef, says Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 child soldiers since December's tsunami. At least three of the children were taken from tsunami relief camps, Unicef said. One recruit was 13 years old. The rebels have not yet commented on Unicef's claims. The issue of child recruitment has been a major point of difference between Unicef and the Tamil Tigers since a ceasefire began in early 2002. December's tsunami killed nearly 31,000 people in Sri Lanka and displaced up to one million, many of them in northern and eastern areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers. Complaints - Unicef spokesman, Geoffrey Keele, said: "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunami. We had hoped that with such a disaster the [Tigers] would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." Unicef said it was acting on complaints from families of the children recruited. Most of the 22 boys and 18 girls taken were aged between 15 and 17, it said. The organisation says it has raised the issue with the rebels but as yet has received no response. The Tigers have in the past denied recruiting child troops. Two weeks ago, Unicef said three girls had been recruited from relief camps. A senior rebel leader told the BBC's Tamil service that the rebels had not been involved in that incident and questioned Unicef's decision to talk to the media without first discussing the issue with the rebels (Full report in BBC).

UNICEF asks warring Tamil Tigers to free child soldiers  -  The United Nations agency for children Sunday asked Sri Lanka's warring Tiger rebels to free child soldiers amid reports that young boys and girls had been killed and wounded in the fighting. UNICEF said it was investigating reports that child combatants had been deployed in the factional fighting which erupted in eastern Sri Lanka Friday between the main Tiger forces and a breakaway group. Hospital sources said at least seven child soldiers had been wounded in Friday's first wave of fighting and that the fatalities also included young boys and girls. According to the renegades, nine of their cadres were killed and 10 wounded, but government military sources place the figure twice as much. "We call on both sides to keep children out of harm's way and release all the children they have in their ranks," said Geoffrey Keele, the UNICEF spokesman in Colombo. Tiger rebels had been severely criticised both in Sri Lanka and abroad by governments and rights organisations for their use of child soldiers. However, since November last year the Tigers have been freeing small batches of underage combatants to UNICEF-led "transit homes" before they are reunited with their families. The Tigers last month released 35 former combatants, all boys between the ages of 12 and 18, to UNICEF custody in the northeastern port district of Trincomalee. But UNICEF has said the Tigers have continued to recruit children, despite several releases of underage fighters and a June 2003 "action plan" signed by the rebels and the Colombo government on minors affected by war. As of February, UNICEF said it had the names of 1,301 children, some as young as 10 years old, in Tiger ranks (Full report in Relied web).

LTTE recruits 40 children post-tsunami: UNICEF - The UN children's agency said on Wednesday that Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds a month ago. "We have 40 verified cases," said Martin Dawyes, a UNICEF spokesman in the Sri Lankan capital. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. "UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment," Dawyes said. The UN organisation complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but he said the Tigers had not yet responded (Full report in Hindustan Times).

Tsunami-displaced children were recruited by rebels - UNICEF said three tsunami-displaced children were reported to have been recruited in Sri Lanka's east, where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam control large pockets of jungle.  "Recruitment - was an issue before the tsunami. It's an issue that continues to be of concern," said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF's Sri Lankan representative. "We know of three cases of reported underage recruitment that took place in the east," he said. "We said [to the rebels] - 'You send out instructions that no child that has been displaced by the tsunami should in any way be affected or harassed by any person.' ", writes Los Angeles Times. According to the ABC News, tensions between the government and the rebels over tsunami aid have been running high in the week's since the disaster. Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran is set to meet Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen as part of Norway's first post-tsunami attempt to salvage Sri Lanka's faltering peace process (Full report in News from Russia).

Tamil rebels recruit kids after tsunami - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds in Sri Lanka a month ago, the United Nations children's agency says. "We have 40 verified cases," UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawyes said. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. "UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment," Dawyes said. He said UNICEF complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but that the Tigers had not responded.  No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast, which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was a 13-year-old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation's field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40 cases. He did not say how many complaints it investigated. UNICEF was focusing its efforts on providing relief for hundreds of thousands of survivors displaced by the tsunami, but was continuing to monitor alleged cases of child abuse and recruitment by the rebels, he said (full report in National Nine News in Australia).

 

Tamil rebels recruit kids after tsunami - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds in Sri Lanka a month ago, the United Nations children's agency says. "We have 40 verified cases," UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawyes said. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. "UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment," Dawyes said. He said UNICEF complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but that the Tigers had not responded. No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast, which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was a 13-year-old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation's field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40 cases. He did not say how many complaints it investigated. UNICEF was focusing its efforts on providing relief for hundreds of thousands of survivors displaced by the tsunami, but was continuing to monitor alleged cases of child abuse and recruitment by the rebels, he said (Full report in Australia Channel Seven News).

 

Tamil rebels recruit kids after tsunami - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds in Sri Lanka a month ago, the United Nations children's agency says. "We have 40 verified cases," UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawyes said. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. "UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment," Dawyes said. He said UNICEF complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but that the Tigers had not responded. No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast, which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was a 13-year-old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation's field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40 cases (Full report in Sydney Morning Herald in Australia).

 

Tamil rebels recruit kids after tsunami - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds in Sri Lanka a month ago, the United Nations children's agency says. "We have 40 verified cases," UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawyes said. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. "UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment," Dawyes said. He said UNICEF complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but that the Tigers had not responded. No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast, which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was a 13-year-old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation's field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40 cases (Full report in the AGE in Australia).

 

Tamil Rebels Recruit 40 Children since Tsunami - The UN children’s agency said today that Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds a month ago. “We have 40 verified cases,” said Martin Dawyes, a UNICEF spokesman in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. “UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment,” Dawyes said. The UN organisation complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but he said the Tigers had not yet responded. No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was 13 years old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation’s field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40. He did not say how many complaints it investigated (Full report in the Scotsman).

 

Tamil rebels recruit 40 children since tsunami - The UN children’s agency said today that Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami orphaned hundreds a month ago. “We have 40 verified cases,” said Martin Dawyes, a UNICEF spokesman in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island. “UNICEF is very concerned about the recruitment,” Dawyes said. The UN organisation complained to the rebel group last week over 29 specific cases, but he said the Tigers had not yet responded. No immediate comment was available from the rebels. Most of the recruitment was from the area of Trincomalee on the eastern coast which was hit hard by the tsunami. One of the recruits was 13 years old, and others were 17, he said. The organisation’s field staff had received complaints from families of children taken by the rebels and verified 40. He did not say how many complaints it investigated. UNICEF was focusing its efforts on providing relief for hundreds of thousands of survivors displaced by the tsunami, but was continuing to monitor alleged cases of child abuse and recruitment by the rebels, he said (full report in the Ireland on-line).

 

UNICEF says Tamil rebels recruit 40 children since tsunami? - The U.N. children's agency said Wednesday that Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited 40 children since the tsunami sent tens of thousands of children into relief camps a month ago. "We have 40 verified cases," said Martin Dawyes, a UNICEF spokesman in the Sri Lankan capital. Four of the cases were from welfare camps for post-tsunami survivors. The others were recruited in the aftermath of the disaster in villages under rebel control in the north and east of the island (full report in China View).

 

Srilanka, Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka’s coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the United Nations children’s fund said Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF said (full report in Kerala News).

 

Tigers recruit 40 child soldiers since tsunamis: UNICEF - Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited at least 40 child soldiers since tsunamis devastated Sri Lanka's coastline and killed nearly 31,000 people, the United Nations children's fund said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had taken three children from a relief centre for survivors while others had been recruited from areas of the northeast held by the guerrillas, UNICEF said. "We have 40 cases of confirmed child recruitment since the tsunamis," UNICEF spokesman Geoffrey Keele said. "We had hoped that with such a disaster the LTTE would have ended this practice. But unfortunately no." A child as young as 13 was among the 22 boys and 18 girls recruited by the Tigers despite repeated international condemnation of the practice. Most of them were aged between 15 and 17. Keele said UNICEF was involved in extensive post-tsunami relief operations and had hoped the Tigers would stop taking children into their ranks. The UN agency had initially raised the question of 27 children with the Tigers but the figure later rose to 40. There was no immediate response from the rebels, he said (Full report in Turkish Press).

 

For more information on LTTE Child Soldiers, please visit the website http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.html

 

The link between LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO)

Read Australia House of Representatives Hansard No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004 - See Pages 141 - 142
Here below the URL :
http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/reps/dailys/dr071204.pdf
A very important statement by Hon Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Australia. (See Question No 41 in page Nos 141-142 - Government of Australia, House of Representatives, Official Hansard, No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004)

 


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