ECOWAS students urge peace in the sub-region

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A group of students from Universities in the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), began a meeting Wednesday in Abomey-Calavi, near Cotonou, the Benin capital, on peace-building strategies in the sub-region.
Initiated by the African network of young peace-builders, organisers said the week-long meeting seeks to "instil in the West African youth a new dynamism in conflict prevention and peace culture.
" The meeting is also expected to discuss problems faced by African children, such as ill-treatment, child labour and human trafficking.
West Africa has been wracked over a decade by conflicts with adverse consequences particularly on youths and women.
African conflicts from 1990-2000 reportedly killed some two million children, while six million were handicapped, another 12 million rendered homeless, in addition to more than one million orphaned or separated from their families.

13 november 2002 21:26:00

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