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September 13, 2000

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UVic Faculty At War-Affected Kids Conference

In Uganda, children are not only the casualties of war, they are abducted from their villages to fight in the war. Stephen Owen, co-director of UVic's centre for dispute resolution, travelled to northern Uganda earlier this year to assess the horrific situation where 25,000 children have been abducted since the conflict began. His report to the Canadian International Development Association (CIDA) will be a focus of a meeting Friday at the international conference on war-affected children, currently being held in Winnipeg. Owen suggests that Canadian intervention and assistance in developing programs for land mine awareness, amnesty monitoring and reconciliation can improve the plight of abducted children as they return to their communities.

Dr. Gordon Smith, director of UVic's centre for global studies, will also be attending the conference. He will chair an experts panel on accountability for crimes against war-affected children and participate in a discussion on the flow of small arms.   Media Contacts:
To arrange interviews with Stephen Owen or Gordon Smith contact Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656

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