The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 17, 2001 · Page 6
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A6 TUESDAY. APRIL 17. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T MISSING BOAT Suspected child-slave boat is missing on Africa's coast Vessel has been at sea for 10 days with as many as 250 kids By GLENN McKENZIE The Associated Press COTONOU, Benin — Fears were growing Monday for scores of children on a suspected slave ship as U.N. and African officials investigated the possibility the decrepit cargo vessel could have covertly docked somewhere on Africa's western coast. The U.N. children's agency did not rule out the possibility the ship's captain, a Nigerian with a criminal past, could have thrown the children overboard. Benin appealed Monday for help from the United Nations and Western countries in the search for the Nigerian-registered ship, the MV Etireno. The boat was refused entry at two African ports after clandestinely leaving Cotonou, Benin's commercial capital, at least 10 days ago. It was believed to be carrying 100 to 250 children .from Benin and other countries in the region. . The vessel was originally turned away from Gabon, where authorities believe those behind the operation were planning to sell the children as unpaid domestic or plantation workers. Thursday, the vessel also was -refused port in Douala, Cameroon, according to U.N. . and Benin officials. Child trafficking problems Despite international efforts ,to stamp out child trafficking, .it remains a serious problem in , West and Central Africa, where "desperately poor parents are •sometimes willing to give up their children for as little as $14 to smuggling rings that .promise to educate them and find them jobs. Boys are then typically resold to cotton and cocoa plantations for as much as $340 in countries such as Gabon and Ivory Coast. Girls often end up as domestic workers or prostitutes. Nicolas Pron, a senior .UNICEF official in Benin, said the organization was "really .very frustrated" and increasingly worried about the children. "When we heard that (the captain) has a criminal past, we imagined the worst, and the worst is that they could have been thrown overboard," he The Associated Press An ambulance and medical crew wait Sunday outside the Harbormaster's office in Cotonou, Benin, for the possible arrival of children from the MV Etireno vessel that is missing. said. Because of the length of time the ship had been at sea, it was "doubtful" the passengers had enough food or water, Pron said. UNICEF and government officials also worried the ship could have docked in a neighboring country, such as Nigeria, where corruption is rife and port regulations are lax. The Nigerian police and navy have deployed along the coast to search for the vessel, officials said. A sighting was reported Saturday near the Nigerian port of Calabar, but the ship disappeared before it could be intercepted, said Tunde Fagbo- hungbe of the country's Women Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation. Both UNICEF and the Benin government also were investigating rumors the ship had docked in Equatorial Guinea, a small Central African country wedged between Cameroon and Gabon. But a UNICEF official said by telephone from the country's capital, Malabo, the ship had not docked in either of Equator­ ial Guinea's two main ports and had not been spotted offshore. Benin Social Protection Minister Ramatou Baba Moussa said Monday that port authorities believe the ship is "not far" from Cotonou, but the country does not have the resources to intercept it. "We need satellites and fast ships to help us," Moussa said. "We have talked to the United Nations and will be calling the ambassadors of (the) United States and France to ask them to launch a search." UNICEF: Help is needed UNICEF official Zachary Adams agreed outside intervention was needed. "The concern today is to use greater means to search for the ship with international help, U.S. aid and French cooperation," Adams told Associated Press Television News. It was not immediately clear whether the West would assist. France, Benin's former colonial ruler, has a naval vessel routinely stationed off West Africa. British warships also regularly visit the war-battered nation of Sierra Leone. POOL SERVICE SPA SERVICE WATER CHEMISTRY Pool's Plos of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place ^ Quality Furniiure ^ Low Prnes i/ In'Store Finaming 2 Boi^ey Burgers! ^^^^ C"'-"J I itn iiH \i OE:I tM:m S2.")-.'>7( P 7 • 1 15 S. Ilniailwii.v, Siilimi Mnii.- r 'H. • Sn(. !l::l(l-ri:(H) Isis SHRINE TEMPLE PRESENTS: FREE BLOCK PARTY sponsored in Part By Pepsi* Friday, April 20 - Sallna Bicentennial Center 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Come and see the circus animals and performers up close. Circais Sponsored in part by: H^za Service Salira Regional Health Center Circus MaximuSy Inc. SATURDAY. APRIL 21 10:30 AM. 2:30 Pivi AND 7:30 Pivi SUNDAY, APRIL 22 - 2:30 PM SAUNA BICENTENNIAL CENTER 2 Bikes to be given away at every performancel Circus Tickets Children ^3.50 advance (<4.oo gate) Adults 7.00 advance cs.oo gate) Tickets on Sale At: •Area Dillons stores •Headley's Clothing • Wal-Mart •Masonic Center Proceada art tor the benefit of Isis Temple. Payments are not deductible as a eharltable contribution. BRIEFLY Aussies go beer hunting in river SYDNEY, Australia — After a delivery truck carrying 24,000 bottles of beer plunged into a river, there was no shortage of volunteers to help salvage the cargo. People carried beer out of the Tweed River north of Sydney throughout the Easter holiday weekend, police said Monday Some donned scuba gear, while others dove straight in. One man reportedly claimed 400 bottles. The delivery truck lost a wheel and crashed into the river April 10. The truck was salvaged, but half its contents remained in the river. Police Inspector Stan Single said residents began diving for the beer after the unidentified owner failed to post security guards at the crash site. Although police considered it a theft, Single said, "I doubt whether in these circumstances we'll be chasing people for convictions." War crimes suspect tal<en to The Hague AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — NATO-led peacekeeping forces arrested a top war crimes suspect in Bosnia and hustled him to The Hague Monday to stand trial on genocide charges linked to Europe's .~„„.-.,.^„..^ biggest mas- OBRENOVIC sacre since World War II. Dragan Obrenovic, former chief of staff of a Bosnian Serb unit, was arrested Sunday in Bosnia by U.N. investigators working with U.S. troops. Dutch radio and television said Obrenovic was brought to the Netherlands during the night and put into a detention cell at the U.N. war crimes tribunal. He was expected to make an initial appearance before U.N. judges within a few days to en­ ter a plea. Obrenovic was under a secret indictment for allegedly participating in the July 1995 attack against Muslims in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica during Bosnia's 1992-1995 wan Pope takes brief, post-Easter vacation VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II took a break Monday after a busy round of Holy Week appearances, flying by helicopter to his summer retreat in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome, n.... .. The pontiff JOHN PAUL II will spend a couple of days in the lakeside town of Castel Gandolfo, returning to Vatican City Wednesday When he arrived at Castel Gandolfo, John Paul spoke briefly to the faithful gathered outside his summer palace, giving them his blessing and telling them how happy he was to be back. He also bantered with them about the cold, damp weather. High-ranlcing leader of Taliban militia dies KABUL, Afghanistan — The second most powerful man in Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia, Mullah Mohammed Rabbani, died of cancer Monday, officials said. He was 44. Rabbani was head of the Tal­ iban governing mmisters'coun- RABBANI cil, a position equivalent to prime minister. He died early Monday in neighboring Pakistan, where he had been receiving treatment, the officials said. "The Taliban has lost a great leader, a brave and important mujahedeen (holy warrior)," Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil told re- porters in the Afghan capitals Rabbani had been ill for several months and had not been seen in public for much of this year. But he was considered a powerful man in the Taliban movement, second only to the reclusive leader. Mullah Mohammed Omar. Former Philippine president arrested MANILA, Philippines — Former President Joseph Estrada turned himself in Monday after an arrest warrant was issued. In a new humiliation, the ousted president was fingerprinted by police before being released on bond. 7S It was be- :t lieved to be the ESTRADA first time the- Philippines has issued an ari' rest warrant against a president. 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