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Nearly 1000 children who went missing during the final phase of the war against the Tamil Tigers are still unaccounted for, authorities say.

Almost 600 children out of 1800 have been reunited with their families by UNICEF with the coordination of several organisations, Vavuniya Government Agent (GA) PSM Charles told BBC Tamil service.

According to UNICEF reports, 30 percent of those disappeared children were last seen in government controlled areas and another 64 percent were recruited by the LTTE.

Ms. Charles also said that with the help of UNICEF, actions are underway to find out whereabouts of those missing children as she received tearful pleas from more than 1000 parents in the region.

The war against the LTTE came to an end in May 2009 after the government troops claimed military victory over the rebels.

Nearly 300,000 people were displaced from LTTE controlled areas to government controlled IDP camps during the last two years of final war.

And thousands of former Tamil Tiger cadres who surrendered to the military forces were kept in special camps in where, gthe overnment says, that they are being released once they are rehabilitated. (BBC Sinhala)

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  • Sootan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:30 AM

    How could 1000 children missing, when there is no civilian casualties. May be they have gone overseas. Do not taarnish the image of the democratic country led by Mr Rajapakse.

    sajitha Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:25 AM

    What are you going to sing about the child soldiers? Are you blind not to read that part?

    Can you please name one country that went to war without any casualty?

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:56 AM

    I admire your comment Jodie. Good to see still few practical and positive people around.

    chris abey Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:02 AM

    I find it hard to understand how you people can make a joke out of this.Would you be making some rash statements if it was a Sinhalese child.All our children of one mother.This is what even the President said in his victory speech but should not the government make an attempt to look for 1000 missing children of this one mother?

    sparks Tuesday, 30 August 2011 03:20 AM

    Lets keep singing the song "zero casualities".

    Jodie Windenburg Tuesday, 30 August 2011 04:28 AM

    It's the government's duty to find these innocent Children Immediately. They are our future as one Sri Lanka.

    suresh Tuesday, 30 August 2011 04:58 AM

    No theire future is already gone out the window. But makesure they don't grow with vengeance.

    Srlankan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 05:22 AM

    HOW MANY LTTE carders among them we dont know but their families know well .

    saman Tuesday, 30 August 2011 05:42 AM

    64 percent were recruited by the LTTE.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:05 AM

    Okay and rest 340?
    Even one child life is life.........

    MAH Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:12 AM

    The remaining were likely shot in the back while fleeing from the LTTE at the time of the rescue operation. What ever happened, this can be blamed on the LTTE for not accepting the opportunity to stop fighting when given the chance.


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