UNICEF Accuses Guerrillas of Abducting and Recruiting Underage Soldiers
UNICEF says that a guerrilla faction that split away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is abducting and recruiting children. More than 30 abductions have taken place in eastern Sri Lanka near the city of Batticaloa. The group, followers of Commander Karuna that are widely believed to receive tacit support from the government army, has denied the accusation.
“Former Sri Lanka Rebels Recruit Child Soldiers—UN,” Reuters AlertNet, 22 June 2006.