Community reaction critical to rebuilding lives of child soldiers

first_imgHow accepting or hostile a community is toward former child soldiers can help determine whether they will fare well or reoffend, according to Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH.Betancourt discussed her views on rehabilitating former child soldiers in an October 3, 2012 article in The Globe and Mail (Canada). According to the article, Omar Khadr was captured in 2002 on an Afghanistan battlefield as an al-Qaeda combatant when he was 15. He later pled guilty to killing a U.S. soldier, and is currently in rehabilitation in Canada after 10 years in prison in Guantanamo Bay.When the community is accepting, a former child soldier generally does well and is less likely to reoffend. However, when the community is accusatory, provokes the young person, or saddles him with negative reactions, “it makes it much harder for a person with significant trauma history to reintegrate well,” said Betancourt.With proper support and therapy, however, “Young people have the capacity to redirect their life trajectories toward something much more positive, even with horrendous trauma histories,” she said.last_img read more

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Cash-focused Gamesys sanctions £40m debt repayment

first_img Share Related Articles Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Affiliate leaders confirmed for CasinoBeats Malta 2020 February 21, 2020 Gamesys Group Plc has sanctioned a £40 million repayment of its GBP corporate debt to rebalance the firm’s accounts and allow for stronger cash generation. The approved transaction sees Gamesys lower its long-term GBP corporate debt by 15%, resulting in an outstanding debt reduction of 7% for its combined GBP and EURO tranches.Gamesys governance underlined that the significant debt repayment forms part of the operator’s long-term strategy, delivering a better cash-generating enterprise for its investors. In its latest trading statement, Gamesys reported that its corporate net debt figure stood at £485 million, reflecting a net leverage ratio of 3x versus company EBITDA.“As we’ve stated previously, a key strategic goal for the board is to have our long-term leverage ratio in-line with our peers, which is currently in the range of one to two times adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation,” said CFO Keith Laslop. “Our significant cash generation allows us to rapidly de-lever and today’s paydown is an important first step in attaining that goal.”Gamesys is set to publish its full-year earnings results on Tuesday 17 March. Closing January trading, Gamesys issued a trading notice detailing confidence that the firm’s earnings would reflect the upper end of market expectations.last_img read more

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