Published: Wednesday 31 January 1996

United Nations (UN) efforts at maintaining peace in the world has benefited the US immensely. Thirty-three per cent of all peace- keeping contracts and a further 20 per cent of other UN contracts like the supply of goods and services to the organisation, have aft gone to the US. The New York- based UN association of USA has in its latest report stated that the US share was at an astounding US $737 million out of the US $3.8 billion spent by the UN.

Wars have their worse casualties in children. To alleviate their miseries, UNICEF - the United Nations Children's Fund - has called for an anti-war agenda and a 10- point protection plan. The wars in the past decade have killed -two million children, left 4.5 million disabled and rendered 12 million homeless, and many more orphaned or separated from their parents.

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