Archive for April 11th, 2015

Asian megastar Agnes Chan in South Sudan: “Their future is our responsibility.”

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Spreading the love: Agnes in South Sudan

I received a note from Asian megastar Agnes Chan, author of about 60 books and Japan’s high-profile ambassador for UNICEF (I’ve written about her before here and here). She wrote: “I am in South Sudan on a UNICEF mission. Fighting continues in several areas. Displaced people, malnourished children, lost lives and bleak prospects. Decades of war makes this resource rich country an aid dependent state. Needless fighting must stop already. The children are adorable and their future is our responsibility.” Could I blog her note and photos? “It will be great to let more people know about the situation,” she replied.

Here is a description of the visit form the author, singer, journalist, and humanitarian (who also holds a Stanford PhD), according to a report from Yambio in South Sudan:

Ambassador, Agnes Chan says UNICEF will reach out-of-school children in all 10 states, targeting approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan to return to their studies this year.

She said that children have started joining schools while others still need awareness and support to go to schools.

Ms. Chan stated that UNICEF and the Government of Japan will continue to support South Sudan.

“We will continue supporting children’s education in South Sudan urging the people to make good use of facilities to making sure that children are educated well,” she noted.

She thanked Western Equatoria Government for being devoted in helping women, children and the youth in life skills.

Ms. Chan in her meeting with the State Governor, Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro appreciated his leadership and the entire government for keeping and promoting peace in the State.

“It is not easy but the people of this state are committed to maintaining peace in the area because peace is a very important tool, that for any country to do well for its citizens there must be peace,” Chan said.

More photos below: