DAKAR, 5 December 2008 (IRIN) – Armed conflicts and political instability in West Africa have left many children vulnerable to HIV infection and suffering from psychological distress, but little attention is paid to their needs.

 

Delegates attending the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), in Dakar, Senegal, heard on Thursday that in West Africa, where many children are trafficked, exploited for labour and forced to become soldiers, governments and child protection agencies were struggling to address the severe psycho-social harm that the children had suffered.

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