TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Members of Parliament will be
debating Canada's role in responding to the humanitarian crisis in the
Central African Republic.
Across the country, over 850,000 people, the majority of them women and
children, have been forced to flee their homes. As conflict
intensifies, the numbers forced to flee grows daily.
2.3 million children are at risk of violence and exploitation including
participating in fighting forces. Sexual violence against girls is on
The crisis in CAR has made critical health care nearly impossible to
access and interrupted malnutrition treatment programs. Measles
outbreaks are on the rise throughout the country. Seven out of ten
primary school children in Central African Republic have stopped going
With funds from the Government of Canada in 2013, UNICEF has provided
critical interventions such as immunizations, and screening and
treatment for malnutrition. Without additional critical humanitarian
aid and increased security and access, UNICEF will not be able to reach
the millions of children affected by the conflict with the essential
protection and care they need.
WHAT: Interview opportunities
WHO: UNICEF Canada's President & CEO David Morley and Souleymane Diabaté,
UNICEF Country Representative, based in the Central African Republic.
WHEN: February 12th and 13th, 2014
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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