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The government of Australia has pledged US$2.5 million in assistance to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the protection of children in Burma from sexual and physical violence, and human trafficking.
The contribution was announced at an event at the UNICEF office in Rangoon’s Golden Valley district on 10 March.
“The Australian government provides around US$90m assistance to Burma per year– mostly in the education section – and US$2.5m of it will be used to implement child rights and child protection programmes,” said a UNICEF spokesperson.
The UNICEF funds are to be prioritised in three sectors, with the first priority being ensuring child protection across Burma; secondly, to rehabilitate children from mental trauma; and thirdly, to educate Burmese judges on the rights of children rights, UNICEF said.