The UN, in the wake of the visit of Mr. Ban Ki Moon has said that they will press for access to the IDP camps. Overall i think this is a very good thing. Now obviously there are reasons why the government is not allowing them in but we are hearing of goings on in IDP camps that smack of horrible things. These people need help, and it is our duty to ensure they get it.
There is the question of children being abducted from the IDP camps, strories of horrible crimes being conducted by the various paramilitary groups afilliated with the army, who apparently enjoy unfettered access to these camps. I saw a BBC write up on this on Thursday but havent been able to locate it since.
The thing is, if the government has nothing to hide, they should allow the UN in, let them at least establish a firm presence to distribute aid, afterall, we dont need no peacekeeping forces there right?
Processing with regard to possible child soldiers is important but hell man, you cant follow these cloak and dagger abduction policies with kids! why can’t a transparent processing procedure be implemented now that the ‘war is over’ so that everyone can ensure these kids are given the proper care and attention they need?
More horrifying are the stories that some kids are being kidnapped for ransom. Ransome! and mothers are sometimes able to negotiate their release then and there by trading what little jewellery they posess.
There is no smoke without fire, and this may all be deemed to be nothing less than fabrications. But credible/ semi-credible reports and rumours won’t fly around without anything to back them up.
We can’t also forget that terror begets terror. And the foundations have to be set right away to avoid another ethnic conflict ever occuring on this island again. Then there may be cause for some real celebration too.