Thursday, May 05, 2005

Child camel jockeys make trip home - Gulf News: "As many as 3,000 child camel jockeys of different nationalities are in the UAE and efforts are being made to rescue and repatriate them. The minister also said 63 Pakistani children were sent home last month. 'These children were brought here when they were three to six years old. Some of them were smuggled while others were brought here with the consent of their parents. Every effort is being made to repatriate them and find their parents back home. We appreciate that the UAE Government is carrying out DNA tests on these children to help identify their parents,' the minister said. Some children have suffered injuries during camel races and died. 'There is no exact report on casualties. But there is no doubt injuries do take place and there have been deaths,' Azim said."



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