terça-feira, 21 de agosto de 2012
Saving children in southern Somalia must be first priority
More than a million children in need of life-saving interventions
NAIROBI, 29 July 2011 - With an estimated 1.25 million children across Southern Somalia in urgent need of life saving interventions and 640,000 acutely malnourished,
UNICEF called for all actors to make saving children's lives the top priority, and to urgently support all efforts to reach children in need.
"The children of Southern Somalia desperately need our help. Too many of them have already died and many others are at great risk unless we act now," said Rozanne Chorlton, UNICEF Somalia Representative. "Families shouldn't have to leave their homes... mothers and their children shouldn't have to endure days of perilous journey in search of food and water, and then face a life of uncertainty in a camp."
"All our energy should be focused on saving lives."
To reach children as quickly as possible, UNICEF, along with its partners, has mounted a massive scale up of its operation and is using all avenues available to get supplies into the region. So far this month, the child rights' agency has brought in enough supplementary feeding supplies for 65,000 children in the drought affected regions of Southern Somalia. These supplies are being distributed by partners on the ground.
(For further information, please visit http://www.unicef.org )
Music featured in this video is an extended remix of the Michael Jackson song... Will You Be There