Clay Aiken visits Somalia on behalf of UNICEF, campaigns for aid
UPI News Service, 07/04/2008
Pop star and UNICEF ambassador Clay Aiken, who just spent five days Somalia, is calling on the world to do what it can to help the African nation's children.
"Unfortunately this is a region that's better known for conflict, insecurity, drought and floods," Aiken, who has been a UNICEF ambassador for four years, said in a statement Thursday. "It's truly remarkable that UNICEF is still able to make a difference in the health, education and overall well-being of Somali children."
UNICEF said Aiken traveled to Hargeisa, Gabiley and Boroma, located in the northwest region of the country, known as the republic of Somaliland. There, he was able to observe first-hand UNICEF-supported projects that promote child health, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, primary education, child protection and girls' empowerment, the children's aid organization said.
"Now that I have seen Somalia for myself, I feel it is important for the American public to remember that the Somali people have the same dreams for their children that we do," Aiken said. "The country is one of the most desperate in the world. Fortunately, UNICEF has always been there and continues to provide the support needed to make a difference."