Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow in Central African Republic

7th April 2014

Tony, 24 months old, is screened for malnutrition, at a mobile clinic in Bangui, the capital. He weighs just 7 kg and is also suffering from respiratory complications. The red section on the mid-upper arm circumference band being used to assess his nutritional status indicates that he is severely malnourished. Photo Terdjman, UNICEF, 2014

Tony, 24 months, is screened for malnutrition in Central African Republic. Red means he is severly malnourished. Photo: UNICEF, 2014, Terdjman

Crisis for Children in Central African Republic

Virtually, no children are still attending school. Children have witnessed violence. They’ve been subject to violence. We have evidence that all of the parties involved in the conflict are recruiting children as child soldiers. And there truly is a psychological impact on these children – to see the violence – to be displaced – to feel that profound sense of insecurity – when they’re supposed to be in school, when they’re supposed to be in their own communities with their families.

– Ted Chaiban, Director of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF

Visit by Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow, actor, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since September 2000, has returned to the Central African Republic from 1-5 July 2014 for her fourth visit to witness and report on the devastating impact of the conflict on women and children.

Farrow is scheduled to travel to the town of Boda – a four hour drive from Bangui – where an estimated 14,000 Muslims are living in an enclave. She will also be visiting surrounding communities along with healthcare facilities and UNICEF supported nutrition interventions. In Bangui, Farrow will visit temporary learning spaces, a displacement site, and a vocational training centre where vulnerable children and children formerly associated with armed groups are taught new skills.

Farrow has previously visited Central African Republic in 2007, 2008 and 2013.

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