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Keep children out of harm’s way, UNICEF Executive Director urges Zimbabweans

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Keep Children out of harm's way, UNICEF Executive Director urges Zimbabweans

Harare, 8 March 2013 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has urged Zimbabweans to protect children as the country heads towards a constitutional referendum and elections expected this year.

At the end of a two day visit to Zimbabwe, Mr. Lake wished Zimbabweans a peaceful election, saying it was everybody's duty to ensure that children and women suffered no violence and disruption to thier lives during the referendum of March 16 and general elections later in the year.

"At times of great uncertainity, such as during an election, it is important that homes, communities and schools continue to be havens of safety for children," he said, "and that they have uninterrupted access to basic social services.  Children are not political and should be sheltered, in all countries, from political turbulance."

During his visit, Mr. Lake met with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and acting Minister of Foreign Afairs Nicholas Goche, and welcomed their assurances on the protectioon of children.  He also visited St. Joseph's rural health clinic and St. Vincent Primary School which have received medicines and textbooks respectively through a donor-supported funding mechanism managed by UNICEF.

For more information, please contact:

Victor Chinyama, Chief of Communications, Zimbabwe;; +263772124268

Sarah Crow, Spokesperson for the Executive Director;; +16462091590





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