Child abductions "new and disturbing deterioration" in CAR conflict

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Patrick McCormick

Child abductions represent a new and disturbing deterioration in the Central African Republic conflict, according to the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF.

Four children, two girls and two boys, have been reunited with their father after having been abducted by militia groups for four days.

They were threatened with death during that time, says UNICEF's Patrick McCormick.

"After their abduction in Bangui, the siblings, aged between 3 and 13, had been held for ransom by the militia. Following the negotiations for their release, in which no ransom had been paid, the four children were handed over to UNICEF and UN-OCHA. Child abductions represented a new and disturbing deterioration in the conflict, said our representative in CAR. This incident illustrates how the rights of children are being violated and why children continue to be the most vulnerable group in the CAR crisis."

The UN humanitarian agency, UNOCHA, and UNICEF led the negotiations for the children's release and arranged their reunification with their father.

According to UNICEF, at least 133 children have been killed or maimed in the upsurge of sectarian violence in the capital Bangui and elsewhere in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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