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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returns from northern Uganda

Globally-renowned musician observed humanitarian impact of conflict in Lira, with a focus on children and AIDS

Who:     Angelique Kidjo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

What:    Interview opportunities around her visit to northern Uganda

When:    28 November 2006

Where:   New York City

Why:      Angélique Kidjo visited the Lira District of northern Uganda to observe the situation of children and women affected by the armed conflict.  She examined the UNICEF-supported humanitarian response, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes benefiting young people (aged 15-24 years) and related interventions within the context of IDP camps and areas of IDP returns.  Kidjo’s visit was also linked to Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS, a global campaign that aims to put children on the AIDS agenda and works towards an AIDS-free generation.

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About Angélique Kidjo: Angélique Kidjo, one of the most electrifying performers in the pop world today is also one of its most forward thinkers, with a deep commitment to children and young people.   She was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 25 July 2002.  Since then Angelique has worked tirelessly for UNICEF advocating for children’s rights around the world.  She is particularly committed to supporting UNICEF's HIV/AIDS awareness and education programs.   "For me, education is so crucial because everything goes with it like healthy politics and development.  Young people are the hope of my continent.  When I watch the children of Africa, all dreams seem possible.” she said.  She also believes that education is crucial to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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About UNICEF
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 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.
 
For more information, please contact:
Dheepa Pandian, UNICEF New York, +212 326 7051, dpandian@unicef.org
Gerrit Beger, UNICEF Media, New York, +212-325-7116, gbeger@unicef.org


 

 

 

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