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UNICEF Ambassador Mia Farrow to meet war-affected children in Uganda

July 14, 2010. 13:15 EST

UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) – Mia Farrow, American film actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), will meet with children impacted by wars and conflicts in Uganda, the United Nations (UN) announced on Wednesday.

Farrow will visit Gulu, in north Uganda, where she will meet children that were once captives of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Such rebel group is known for using children as soldiers. The LAR terrorizes civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

The UNICEF Ambassador will also visit Kotido in the northeastern region of Karamoja where children suffer as consequence of the ongoing violence caused by local tensions. Farrow will attend the opening of the African Youth Forum in Entebbe next Saturday.

The African Youth Forum will be the first ever of its kind. It was organized in cooperation with the African Union Commission and the Government of Uganda. The forum will focus ion maternal and child health and development in preparation to the 2010 African Union Summit.

Uganda, specially the northern region, has experienced decades of civil war and unrest between the government and the LRA. The northern region suffers from high levels of poverty, malnutrition, under-five mortality and children out of school.

Farrow is known for her activism in Africa. She visited Darfur in repeated occasions and is involved in the Dream for Darfur campaign. Last year she was honored with the Leon Sullivan International Service award.

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