UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow supports new efforts to better protect children in armed conflictEnlarge image On 13 June, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow blows soap bubbles to amuse children at the Zam Zam camp for people displaced by the conflict, near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur State. (© UNICEF/Cranston)
The most vulnerable are the first victims of armed conflict – the children. All too often they lose their lives, their families, all security, their education and their futures. The rights of children must be respected – by all countries and communities – including the right to protection, education, basic health care and shelter. Children impacted by armed conflict must receive the utmost support from the international community. Progress has been made in support of children impacted by conflict, including – in some regions – the release of child soldiers and their re-integrations into their society. But more must be done.
This is why I support the current initiative sponsored by the German Mission to the United Nations and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, which will help deter or hold accountable those who threaten, endanger or harm children. Protecting our most valuable resource – the world’s children – is a cause that we can and must pursue vigorously.
From women and children in Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Uganda - over and over again, I have heard the most visceral plea from the human heart – the plea for protection. "Tell the world our stories. Tell people what is happening to us. Tell them we need protection."
I have promises to keep. This is the reason I am sharing my voice and a few recent photographs on this website – with the hope you will join this cause to protect the children who need our help the most.