Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and UNICEF last Thursday created a new initiative called ‘Bring Back the Child’, designed to eliminate the recruitment and use of child soldiers in that country. The national program is designed to prevent child recruitment and also “promote the release of all recruited children” in Sri Lanka.
The multimedia initiative will be broadcast on television, radio and through newspapers, billboards and posters nationwide. The program promises rehabilitation and reintegration services for the children that are released. President Rajapakse said that “the total under age — under 18 years — recruitment by the LTTE in December 2008 was 6,288” and remarked:
The whole world knows that the strategists of LTTE terror continue to hold Tamil civilians hostage for their cause and have increased the recruitment of children to carry arms for terror.