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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow calls for children to be at the centre of peace and recovery of Darfur

KHARTOUM/AMMAN/GENEVA/LONDON/BERLIN, 16 June 2006 – During a recent visit to Darfur, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow appealed to government officials and rebel groups to make sure that children are placed at the center of peace and recovery for Darfur.

Farrow urged all parties, whether or not they were signers to the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA), to commit to a peaceful resolution of the Darfur crisis and to continue a dialogue to resolve differences in order to bring the misery and suffering of children to an end.

“Everyone that I spoke to at the camps said the same things -- they want to feel safe so that they can go home and rebuild their futures. They want water, health, education and livelihoods,” Farrow said.  “The humanitarian community is working to make sure Darfurians have access to adequate resources, but is dealing with unpredictable security on the ground as well as a need for additional funds to sustain the current services.”

Over 250,000 people have been freshly displaced by fighting since the start of the year and more than 1.8 million children continue to face serious survival and protection concerns.   A negotiated solution to the conflict and sustained donor commitment are the only long term solutions to improve the lives of children in Darfur.

Peace and recovery is not just about rehabilitation of villages and basic services.  It is a long-term commitment to the safety of communities who are struggling to rebuild their lives and it is only possible with strong donor support.

As of 1 June, UNICEF has received only 20.6% of the funding required to maintain basic humanitarian assistance programmes in Darfur.   Delays in funding have forced many operations to down-size.

Farrow was accompanied by her son, Ronan Farrow, a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth.  Together they visited schools, health clinics and water points in North and South Darfur from 11-15 June. They also met with government officials, community leaders, and humanitarian partners highlighting the need for all parties’ commitment to release all children under age 18 associated with armed forces as well as creating a violence-free environment for children affected by the ongoing conflict.

Farrow, who was afflicted with polio as a child, initially became involved with UNICEF in order to campaign for the eradication of this disease.  Since then, she has been a true advocate for children, campaigning for their rights around the world. 

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Media Availability One On One Interview:  LONDON
Friday June 16 - Sunday June 18 
Contact: Shima Islam, UNICEF UK:  +44 (0)20 7312 7614 shimai@unicef.org.uk  
Gina Dafalia, UNICEF UK    + 44 (0)207-312-7695 ginad@unicef.org.uk 
                        
Media Availability Press Conference:  BERLIN
Tuesday June 20: 10:30am - 12:00pm    
Contact:  Rudi Tarneden, UNICEF Media, Berlin: +49 170 85 188 46 rudi.tarneden@unicef.de

Media Availability:  NEW YORK 
Tuesday June 27 Wednesday June 28Contact
Susan Lagana, UNICEF Media, New York: +212-326-7516 slagana@unicef.org

Note to editors:   Footage of this visit will be available rights-free to broadcasters through www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef and Reuters 


For further information, please contact:
Roshan Khadivi, UNICEF Media Darfur, 249 9121 22 291, e-mail: rkhadivi@unicef.org
Anis Salem, UNICEF Media Amman, +962795579991, asalem@unicef.org
Gina Daflia, UNICEF Media London, +44 7958 058 106, ginad@unicef.org.uk
Rudi Tarneden, UNICEF Media Berlin, +49170-8518846, rudi.tarneden@unicef.de

About UNICEF: 
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


 

 

 

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15 June 2006:
UNICEF correspondent Sabine Dolan reports on Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow’s visit to Sudan’s Darfur region.
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15 June 2006: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow talks about her visit to Darfur, Sudan. Correspondent Sabine Dolan reports.
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