Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Congo: New Bid to Stop Child Trafficking

Children at an orphanage in Brazzaville

BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO -- The Congolese government, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Justice and Peace Diocesan Commission (CJP) have signed an agreement to work together to stop child trafficking in the country.

At a meeting of the three parties in the country’s capital, Brazzaville, CJP coordinator Father FĂ©licien Mavoungou said they wanted to find ways to prevent this type of exploitation of children.

“The problem exists and we have to start sending the children home,” he said. “As a test project, we will reintegrate 20 children. This is the starting point. Then we will evaluate which strategy works to free children who are victims of trafficking.”

The project will cost US$245,000 and focus on rehabilitation and reintegration, as well as education programmes...


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