LONDON, Aug 31, 2009 (AFP) - More
than 400 children were being held in British immigration detention centres
with their families, a report said Monday, citing official figures.
The Guardian newspaper said 470 children,
many from countries suffering poverty and conflict such as Zimbabwe, Sudan,
Sri Lanka and Democratic Republic of Congo, were locked up after arriving
The figures from the Home Office were
provided for a single day, on June 30 this year.
Most of the children were aged under
five, and almost one third were held for longer than 28 days, the newspaper