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Bellamy visits Gonaives, Haiti, where children tread water to survive

Haiti faces third emergency in nine months as Tropical Storm Jeanne leaves a wake of death and destruction

Who: Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director

What: Visits UNICEF relief efforts for children in Gonaives and holds press conference in Port-au-Prince

When:  Wednesday, 29 September

Where: Press conference will be at 3:00 p.m. at UNICEF Office, 17, Rue Armand Holly (Debussy), Port-au-Prince

Why:  Ms. Bellamy will visit Gonaives where UNICEF is carrying out intense programs to help children struggling to survive following Tropical Storm Jeanne.  It is estimated that 155,000 children under 18 have been directly affected, including hundreds who died in the flooding.  Many are homeless and living in shelters, all are vulnerable amidst appalling conditions.

For further information, please contact:

Sylvana Nzirorera, UNICEF Haiti Comm. Officer,
Tel:  (509) 245-3525 ext. 276; Cell:  509) 402 2674
e-mail: snzirorera@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Haiti Emergency Communication Officer,
Tel:  (509) 417-2099, e-mail:  kdonovan@unicef.org

Gordon Weiss, UNICEF New York, Tel: (212) 326-7426,
email: gweiss@unicef.org




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