UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR EN ROUTE TO AFGHANISTAN
Trip by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi of Japan Will Encompass
Three Humanitarian Hot Spots
NEW YORK, 19 July 2001 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi,
Japanese celebrity and outspoken advocate for children, will visit Afghanistan
from 21 to 26 July to urge a greater global response to the urgent needs
of Afghan women and children.
Ms. Kuroyanagi will travel to two parts of Afghanistan where UNICEF
has been especially active: in Herat, she will visit the Maslakh camp
for internally displaced persons, while in Faizabad, Ms. Kuroyanagi
will tour health facilities and schools.
The mission, which begins in Islamabad today, will also include a visit
to Afghan refugees in camps near Peshawar, Pakistan.
Afghan children and women have been particularly vulnerable to the impact
of a prolonged armed conflict and the worst drought in decades. The
country has the world's second highest rate of maternal mortality (nearly
1,700 for every 100,000 live births), while some 20% of child deaths
are due to diseases that are preventable by vaccines.
Ms. Kuroyanagi became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1984. Her high-profile
visits to such places as Rwanda, Iraq, Haiti, and Kosovo have raised
more than $26 million for children, more than any other UNICEF celebrity
advocate. Last October, she received UNICEF's first-ever Leadership
Award for Children, recognizing her unsurpassed record on behalf of
Ms. Kuroyanagi, born in Tokyo, enjoys huge popularity
in Japan as both actress and best-selling author. She has been voted
the country's favourite television personality 14 times, most notably
for Tetsuko's Room, a daily talk show which debuted in 1975. Totto-chan:
The Little Girl at the Window (1981), an autobiographical look at her
childhood and education, has been published internationally; and Totto-chan's
Children (1999) describes her experiences working for UNICEF.
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For further information, please contact:
UNICEF Afghanistan Country Office (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Tel: (92-51) 2212948-51, Ext: 306, Direct: (92-51) 2213437
Alfred Ironside, UNICEF
Media, New York (212) 326- 7261