Media Advisory - Save the Children Bringing Hope and Relief to Emergency in Eastern Chad



    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Save the Children is providing the most basic,
lifesaving care on a daily basis to over 17,000 children in Dogdore, in
eastern Chad. Child protection in this instance means a safe place to play,
going to school, and training on the persistent dangers of violence in a camp
of 27,500 frightened and desperate adults.
    As talks with Sudanese rebel leaders failed last month to make any
significant progress in stabilizing the Darfur region of western Sudan, rebel
groups are fighting for control and attacks on civilians have extended across
the border into Chad. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is
supporting Save the Children's work in Dogdore with a grant of $500,000
because it recognizes that child mortality and suffering are of epidemic
proportions across the region. Save the Children Canada runs a complementary
CIDA project of over $2 million CAD in Darfur, western Sudan, to promote the
return and reintegration of displaced persons to their home villages by
increasing access to clean water and sanitation, as well as creating vital
income-generating activities in these villages.
    Allan Rock, Q.C., Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations between
2003-2006, and Board Member of Save the Children Canada, is no stranger to
countries where genocide and crimes against humanity have occurred. He notes
that in the case of Darfur and Chad, "Humanitarian aid agencies such as Save
the Children will continue to be there for children, day after day, until the
region can be stabilized. The challenge is to ensure that children are not
overlooked in the desperate struggle."
    Aurelie Lamaziere, Save the Children's Advocacy Officer for the Chad
program, speaks about the program "Daily life is volatile. Children are doing
hard domestic work to support the family, schools need to be built, and
teachers found and trained. Recruitment of children into rebel groups is made
easier when there are thousands of people moving from place to place looking
for protection. Parents and community leaders are under such pressure. But
we're helping in this emergency and rebuilding communities' abilities to cope
and that means children will be safer."

    
    Who:   A. Allan Rock, Q.C. is currently a partner with the law firm
           Sutts, Strosberg LLP. Mr. Rock was elected to the House of Commons
           from 1993-2003 and served as Minister of Industry, Minister of
           Health, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He
           served with distinction as Canada's Ambassador to the United
           Nations between 2003-2006, during which time he was instrumental
           in designing and securing global commitment at the UN 2005 Summit
           to the principle of the Responsibility to Protect populations from
           genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against
           humanity. He currently serves as UN Special Advisor on Sri Lanka
           on the subject of Children and Armed Conflict.

           B. Aurelie Lamaziere, Save the Children Advocacy Officer for Chad
           Emergency Response

    Where: Mr. Rock is in Windsor, Ontario; Ms. Lamaziere is in London,
           England

    When:  Available for interviews immediately
    

    About Save the Children Canada

    Save the Children Canada is the world's largest child-rights
organization, working for over 86 years to improve the quality of children's
lives through the realization of their rights. We deliver immediate and
lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide. Save the Children Canada
is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance. With Save the
Children Members organizations in 28 countries and operating programs in over
120 countries, the Alliance is the world's largest global movement for
children. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.ca.





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For further information: or to schedule interviews please contact: Sue
Rooks, Communications Coordinator, Save the Children Canada, Tel: (416)
221-5501 ext 305, or (mobile) (647) 273-7134, Email:
srooks@savethechildren.ca

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