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Children victims of conflicts: Sazo
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Nov. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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State parliamentary secretary for social welfare and women development Chotisu Sazo Friday mantained that children were the most affected and ultimate victim in every conflict situation.
Sazo said it was because adults come to accept the realities of changed situation, but for children they cannot recognize the reality of the situation that brought them trauma.
“Naturally this trauma and ill past find stronger and easier hold on the fragile mind of the child which ultimately deepens to breed an emotionally and psychologically wounded personality,” said Sazo while addressing the 2nd anniversary celebration of Awakening Bell Centre (ABC), Kruoliezou, L Khel, Kohima village, which presently has ten children, affected by different types of conflicts.
According to parliamentary secretary Nagaland has children in whom trauma and pain have been planted at an early age by various exigent conflict situations, from domestic violence to family tribulation and from militarization to socio political conflict. He said that these children were suffering and experiencing misery and hardships because of conflict situation.
Lauding ABC for showering care and concern for children whose parents were no more because of conflict, Sazo advocated that children should grow up with all kind of dignity, adding they should not be deprived of opportunity for better education.
The parliamentary secretary said state government was trying its best to implement all the available laws for protection of children and woman in difficult situation, by citing the setting up of state Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee.
Further, he also revealed that all district headquarters have signed MoU with the central government for implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme, which he said was the first amongst the NE states.
With regard to this, Sazo expressed hope of delivering better services and care to the children in difficult situations.
ABC managing board chairperson Neidonuo said the centre presently has ten children from different various places including three from eastern Nagaland, three from North Cachar and four from Ukhrul.
She said admissions were done not by handpick but selected by the community.
“ABC is a small project and we don’t intend for a big project and we want quality not quantity,” she said and thanked all the community leaders, for identifying the children, society, Church and neighbours for being helpful in the project.
“It’s a small initiative and through psycho social support and activities we try to make them peace with God and society,” she added.
It was on November 12, 2008 that the centre was established with the intention to provide safe space for children, whose families have succumbed to loss of lives as a result of conflicts in the society.

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