…112 boys and two girls, after “two grueling years” of negotiations, were released early April by the Agathon Rwasa FNL in Burundi, as part of their commitment to legitimacy and registration as an official political party. “Negotiations for the release of the children…” was “conducted by the United Nations, the World Bank, UNICEF, the African Union and others in the international community”.
UNICEF Representative in Burundi Gloria Kodzwa, a Olympic bronze medalist in basketball, visited the children, listening to their stories and requests for clothing, shoes, separation allowances, and a return to their communities. Kodzwa emphasized the importance of proper rehabilitation first.
Rehabilitation services, she stressed, will provide the psychosocial, medical and material support necessary for their successful reintegration into their families and communities.