Thursday, 26 July 2007

African migrant children 'beaten'

Hundreds of African migrant children in the Canary Islands are at risk of abuse, a human rights group has said.

Children are being beaten and left to go hungry by staff in overcrowded government emergency centres, Human Rights Watch said in a report.
More than 900 unaccompanied children have arrived in the Spanish territory after dangerous journeys in makeshift boats in an attempt to reach the EU.

In 2006, about 30,000 immigrants were caught trying to reach the islands.
The regional government says the accusations are unfounded.
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