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We must strive to raise our children in a culture of peace, says Neyma

Neyma
© UNICEF Mozambique/2011
On Tuesday December 20, 2011 Neyma launched the music video ‘Sofrimento’ at UNICEF. She was joined by friend and fellow artist Stewart Sukuma.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 20 December 2011 – On the occasion of the launch of her new music video ‘Sofrimento’, a song about children and their suffering, Mozambican artist Neyma spoke about the song’s message:

For me, this song and this video are about calling attention to the effects of war and poverty on the world’s children. Poverty and war do not just happen naturally in this life and in this world. They are created by mankind. Where there is war, children suffer for generations from lack in food, health education, family stability, and everything they have a right to have in this world.

Neyma
© UNICEF Mozambique/2011
Neyma with her group of young dancers gathered in the UNICEF garden.

We must seek and strive to raise our children in a culture of peace. Peace is the only way to sustain and to develop our future. We must also remember that peace does not only happen when war stops. It is a way of being and seeing the world and others around us.  It happens when we start being more conscious of what we are doing to ourselves, to each other and especially to our children, and even the environment in which we live.

When we war with each other, we war with each other’s children. And this is not the answer. It is not acceptable. Peace is the only answer and truth we have in this world. I hope that one day in the future the very idea of war will be a thing of the past, and children will never have to experience war, and suffer times of conflict and post conflict and poverty. If we can all try to imagine this together, then I believe we can be a step further to making this dream and vision a reality one day.  

For more information please contact:

Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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