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Scenes from the frontline: Mia Farrow’s Darfur video diary 26 June 2006
 

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan in mid-June to highlight the importance of protecting children affected by the continuing violence there.

“We’ve come to Darfur with the hope that people will see what is happening here and the need that is here, and the beautiful children that are here,” she said at the start of the week-long field visit.

While in Darfur, the award-winning actress kept a video diary that records her personal impressions of what she called the worst humanitarian crisis facing the world today. View the video diary to see scenes from Ms. Farrow’s trip and hear, in her own words, the impact it had on her.

Accompanied by her son Ronan, Ms. Farrow travelled to villages and camps for displaced people in both government- and rebel-controlled areas of North and South Darfur. She witnessed a range of UNICEF-supported projects in action: from child feeding centres and demobilization sites for former child soldiers to HIV/AIDS counselling and testing programmes.

At every stop, Ms. Farrow heard the stories of families devastated by horrific violence – stories told, as she put it, by “courageous women who have been through a situation that the rest of us can scarcely imagine.”

The total number of people affected by the conflict in Darfur is now estimated at 3.7 million – including 1.87 million displaced people. In the last four months alone, more than 200,000 have been displaced.

In the face of this ongoing crisis, UNICEF and its partners need more resources for programmes to meet the needs of children and families at risk. Ms. Farrow’s recent visit to Darfur was intended, in part, to rally support for these life-saving efforts.

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Mia Farrow

On 13 June, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow sits with children at the Zamzam camp for people displaced by conflict near El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State.


Video: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow’s personal video diary records her impressions of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
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Related Links:

News note: Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow on Darfur

On Darfur visit, Goodwill Ambassador appeals for international aid

UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE FOR PEACE website

UNICEF Sudan Representative sees opportunities and urgent need

 

Below are two links that you may be interested in:

World Cup campaign for children affected by violence
Tour the website of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE FOR PEACE campaign, launched in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Watch anti-violence PSAs featuring World Cup stars, see video profiles of young people who play football to cope with conflict, and learn more about UNICEF’s sport for development programmes. Visit the site.

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