UNICEF correspondent Guy Degen reports on Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow's visit to the Central African Republic.
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Mia Farrow Calls for More International Support for CAR
Guy Degan: The Central African Republic, a fragile country in a violent region. Throughout her week long journey, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has called on the international community to support the people of the Central African Republic.
Mia Farrow: What makes me feel angry and upset in a world where we have so much that we see such good people living under such circumstances when -- and these are manmade circumstances. This is a land that has so many resources yet nothing is coming to the people except that which the humanitarian agencies are bringing.
Guy Degan: In the Kabo region, 2000 internally displaced people are living in temporary sites.
Mia Farrow: Here we have a bush school. And it's maybe not the fanciest of schools, but really it tells you where the community is. That they've come out of the bush, that they care about their children being educated, and through education is the road to the future.
Guy Degan: Together with safe water and sanitation, UNICEF and partner NGO's provide plastic sheeting, blankets and mosquito nets. Many people fled their villages to escape roving bandits.
Mia Farrow: I just spoke to a woman whose five-year-old son was carrying the little baby and when these bandits attacked the village, the little boy, the five-year-old ran holding the baby and the five-year-old was shot and killed and this woman was holding the baby who survived but the bullet had torn through the baby's leg.
Guy Degan: The Central African Republic is one of the world's poorest countries and has endured over a decade of armed conflict. Progress towards a peace dialogue between the government and rebels means conditions are improving for UNICEF and partners to step up assistance helping the people of the Central African Republic.
In Bangui, this is Guy Degan reporting for UNICEF Television, Unite for Children.