NEW YORK (May 1, 2012) — UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is adding her voice to UNICEF’s campaign to save a million children’s lives in the Sahel.
The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian has recorded a public service announcement to encourage people to donate to UNICEF.
“I’ve seen mothers watching their babies dying of starvation. For those children who survive, malnutrition will permanently damage their minds and their ability to grow,” Ms. Farrow said. “So try not to think of 1 million children; think of one child, one little boy or girl who needs your help right now.”
UNICEF has been preparing for months to meet the crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, where droughts have caused crops to fail and food prices to rise.
Working with national and international partners, UNICEF is shipping nutritional supplies, setting up thousands of health centers and hiring staff to cope when the region’s so-called ‘lean season’ goes into full effect.
Already tens of thousands of children have been treated for severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition. But the lean season has only just begun and UNICEF needs $120 million to fully and effectively respond to the crisis.
Ms. Farrow, who was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in 2000, has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness about the rights of children, particularly those affected by armed conflict. She has visited countries such as Angola, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and Nigeria on behalf of UNICEF.
In February of this year, Ms. Farrow visited malnourished children at a therapeutic feeding centre in Mao, Chad, helping to draw attention to the Sahel crisis and its most vulnerable victims.