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Burundi, 4 June 2016: Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 4 June 2016 – "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of children in Burundi.

"More than 300 children have been expelled and two have reportedly been injured by gunfire during protests.

"All children in Burundi have the right to pursue their education and attend their upcoming exams in a neutral, safe and protective environment. Schools should be respected as zones of peace and safe havens for children.

"UNICEF calls on all parties to immediately ensure full respect of children’s right to education and their protection from violence."



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