Statement attributable to Unicef Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala:

19 June 2015 – "The grenade attack on school grounds in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child. 

At a time of continued unrest in Burundi, children have been killed, detained, and continue to be at great risk. Children have the right to protection in such situations and should never be targeted. Schools should be respected as zones of peace and safe havens for children.”

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