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Sri Lanka: Children

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to aid children injured or displaced during the recent conflict in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. (281671)

Since September 2008, the Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated £12.5 million of humanitarian assistance to NGOs and UN agencies operating in Sri Lanka. This is providing a wide range of life saving activities including child protection activities, emergency surgery and post-operative follow-up care for war wounded civilians, many of them children.

The UK Government also contribute to UNICEF’s work to protect child rights in Sri Lanka. UNICEF monitors instances of child recruitment, works to secure the release of child soldiers and runs a rehabilitation centre for former child combatants.