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Rebels abduct Freetown children to fight

Civilians in Freetown have been deliberately killed by rebel forces and have been caught in hostilities between the warring parties, Amnesty International said yesterday. Describing the situation in the country as a “human rights emergency,” Amnesty said it had also received reports that children and young people had been abducted by rebel forces in Freetown and forced to join their ranks. In a statement received by IRIN, it said efforts to end the fighting “must include initiatives to end the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by rebel forces.”

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