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Mia Farrow Reports from Conflict-Torn Central African Republic

Mia Farrow, A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits Central African Republic

Mia Farrow speaks with Oumarou Bouba (13) and his younger brother, Adamou (10), at the École Liberté site in the northwestern region of the Central African Republic. The boys fled an attack in which their father and older brother were killed. They lived in the bush for several weeks before arriving at the camp. ©UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1001/Menezes

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited the Central African Republic last month to call attention to children’s needs in that conflict-torn country. She witnessed “ghost villages” emptied of inhabitants as well as UNICEF’S efforts to help the displaced with shelters, schools and health centers.

On return, she gave a long interview to the Washington Post about conditions inside the country. From the interview:

Massive numbers have been displaced. There’s a terrified group of some 35,000 to 40,000 … clustered around a Catholic church. Just living everywhere, in every square inch of that church’s grounds.

If you can imagine 35,000 to 40,000 people and the priest, the monsignor of that parish has said, “If protection doesn’t happen, we will all die.” He didn’t elaborate how; whether everybody would starve to death, whether everybody would eventually be killed.

Farrow describes her trip to Central African Republic and UNICEF’s efforts to aid the 2.3 million children affected by the conflict in this video. Please watch, and  support UNICEF’s efforts to help children in the Central African Republic.

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