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Nairobi, 19 June 2015: Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, on school attack in Burundi

19 June 2015, NAIROBI – "The grenade attack on school grounds in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child.

“At a time of continued unrest in Burundi, children have been killed, detained, and continue to be at great risk. Children have the right to protection in such situations and should never be targeted. Schools should be respected as zones of peace and safe havens for children.”



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Eliane Luthi, Communications Specialist, UNICEF Burundi; Office: + 257 22 20 20 00; Mobile: + 257 71 81 93 88;

James Elder, UNICEF Regional Chief of Communication, Eastern & Southern Africa; Mobile: +254 71558 1222;; twitter @1james_elder

Christophe Boulierac, Porte-Parole – Spokesperson, Mobile: +41 (0) 799639244; Office: +41 (0)22 909 5716;

Patricia Nakell, Communications Specialist, Africa Services Unit; Mobile: +27 76 872 2147;

Christopher Tidey, UNICEF Media; +41 79 204 2345; +1 917 909 9542;



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