MONROVIA, 23 August 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy landed in Liberia today for a three-day visit to assess progress in reintegrating children formerly associated with fighting forces with their families.
In Liberia, Bellamy will talk to demobilized children now living at a UNICEF-supported interim care centre while efforts to trace their families are underway. She is also scheduled to visit a child-friendly space in a camp for internally displaced people, a drop-in centre for sexually abused children, as well as a vocational training programme, among other stops.
Liberia endured 15 years of civil war before a Comprehensive Peace Accord was signed in August 2003. An estimated 15,000 children had been forcibly abducted or recruited into the war, either as soldiers, or as cooks, sex slaves, and porters.
Bellamy is to meet with Charles Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Liberia, Government ministers, UN agencies, NGOs and donors.
Bellamy will speak to journalists at a press conference at 9:00 a.m., 26 August, at UNICEF, Bright’s Apartment, Mamba Point, Monrovia.
For more information, please contact:
MacArthur Hill, UNICEF Liberia, tel: (377-47) 516-182
Marixie Mercado, UNICEF New York, tel: (377-47) 531-445