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School built in Climbie's memory
Victoria Climbie
Victoria died after months of abuse from her carers
Murdered youngster Victoria Climbié is being honoured with the creation of a new school in her home town.

A third of the money needed for the school in Abobo, in the Ivory Coast has been now been secured.

The news was officially be announced at a vigil in London on Wednesday evening which marked the fourth anniversary of the eight-year-old's death.

She was killed by her aunt and her aunt's boyfriend after she was sent to the UK for a better life.

Marie Therese Kouao and Carl Manning, who are both now serving life for murder, starved, beat, burned and tied her up in a freezing bathroom in their flat in Tottenham, north London.

The youngster died in February 2000 with 128 injuries on her body.

Francis and Berthe Climbie
Death is not darkness, but a light which is switched off because there is daybreak
Victoria Climbie's parents
The candlelit vigil in Barons Court, west London, included messages from groups and individuals including Victoria's parents, the National Union of Teachers and Kolo Touré of Arsenal FC and the Ivory Coast.

In their message to the vigil, parents Francis and Berthe Climbié said: "Death is not darkness, but a light which is switched off because there is daybreak.

"Building a school in Victoria's name, in her birthplace of Abobo, will not reduce the pain our family is going through.

"But it will ensure that Victoria did not die in vain. It will remember her as a person, not as a case or a name.

'Every child matters'

"It will demonstrate that every child matters not just in the United Kingdom but in the Ivory Coast and around the world".

The trust, launched by Victoria's family in October, aims to raise about £100,000 to build the school, and up to 20,000 for running costs.

The nearest school to Abobo that does not charge pupils is currently more than a half-day's drive away.

The vigil, which began at 1830 GMT in Gliddon Road, was organised by Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College.

The college has adopted the Trust as this year's official charity and will be marking the anniversary with readings and a choral performance.




SEE ALSO:
Climbie family raise funds for school
01 Oct 03  |  Education
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