UNICEF Chief to Highlight Dramatic Rise in Displaced Families Due to War
Who: Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF
What: Official visit to Republic of Uganda, including a trip to northern war zone
When: May 25-28
Where: Lira (26 May) – Visit camps for displaced families, meet children and women, visit to schools, immunisation programs, birth registration sites, water and sanitation facilities
Gulu (26 May) – Visit reception centre for abducted children; visit “night commuter” shelter sites
Mbarara (27 May) – Tour primary school, meet youth peer educators on HIV/AIDS prevention, observe early learning and birth registration activities
Kampala (28 May) – Visit HIV/AIDS prevention site at Nsambya Hospital; Press conference at offices of UNICEF Kampala
Why: The conflict in northern Uganda has affected hundreds of thousands of people and is getting worse. Bellamy will examine the impact of the fighting on children, including the widespread fear of abduction that forces children to seek special shelter at night.
Bellamy will meet with representatives of the Government of Uganda, donors, and non-governmental organisations to discuss strengthening the national, regional and international response.
In south-western Uganda, Ms. Bellamy will see the progress achieved in programs supported by the Government of Uganda and UNICEF, particularly in the area of community-based development.
Follow Bellamy’s trip with daily updates at www.unicef.org