UN says at least 1500 Child Soldiers fighting for LTTE
UN says that as of last September, at least 1500 children were still serving as Tamil Tiger Fighters. Sri Lankan government says it has taken steps to rehabilitate the Child Soldiers who've been captured or surrendered on the battle field. David Hawkins of Al Jazeera reports from a rehabilitation center in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka and gives insight into what these children - some here are not children any more -are going through now, and what they have to say.
This report from Al Jazeera comes at the same time as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes completed his visit in Sri Lanka. David Hawkins did a news coverage on this visit as well.
Watch David Hawkins' Report here:
John Holmes, the UN's senior humanitarian official, has visited government-run camps in Sri Lanka for the tens of thousands of people fleeing the fighting in the country's northeast.
Holmes urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger fighters to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, ahead of his visit on Friday.
About 30,000 ethnic Tamils are currently in government-run camps south of Sri Lanka's war zone.
Tens of thousands of others are expected to join them in coming weeks, the government says.
Al Jazeera's David Hawkins, reporting from the northern Vavuniya district, said the camps for Sri Lanka's displaced appeared to meet international standards.
"Holmes is here to see whether or not the food and the shelter are adequate ... and it seems to me that they are," he said
"But there's another question, as to whether or not people have freedom of movement."
The Sri Lankan government has been criticised for limiting free movement of the displaced people, preventing them from leaving the camps.
Officials, however, say its a largely bureacuratic issue, promising they will be allowed to leave the camps once they have received government identification cards.
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