GOVT TO STEP UP REHABILITATION FOR ETHIOPIAN CHILDREN RESCUED FROM SOUTH SUDAN

ADDIS ABABA,– The government of Gambella Regional State in western Ethiopia has assured families of children rescued from Murle militants in neighbouring South Sudan that the state government will consolidate efforts to rehabilitate the children.

The rescued children have been receiving various supports since being brought home, says the Chief Administrator of Gambella Gatluak Tut, who adds that such support and other rehabilitation efforts will be maintained.

The comments by the Chief Administrator came during the reunion of another 23 of the abducted children with their families in the second round of such reunions.

According to Gatluak, the children are receiving financial, material and food aid from the government as well as from non-governmental and faith-based institutions to help place them which in a better health and psychological state.

He indicated that continued joint efforts by Ethiopian and South Sudanese officials are being made to bring back the remaining children and looted cattle back to Ethiopia.

Families of the children say they are grateful to the Ethiopian government and the defense force who have made possible the safe return of their children.

In the first round of reunions, 68 rescued children were re-united with their families.

Armed militants from the Murle tribe of South Sudan abducted more than 100 children and thousands of of head of cattle in a cross-border attack on Gambella on April 15, 2016.

Source: Name News Network