After her Cannes 2019 debut, Priyanka Chopra took off to Ethiopia where she has been meeting school children, especially women and discussing their problems like poverty, lack of education etc. The actress, who is the UNICEF ambassador for these social causes, recently planned a Q&A session with her fans on social media where she opted to answer all questions related to her Ethiopia visit!
During the same, quite a number of fans also quizzed her about why she has been concentrating and dedicating time to Ethiopia instead of helping out her motherland India. The actress however, sportingly gave an apt answer where she discussed the fragile condition of the country and why they are in dire need of every necessity. “Ethiopia at the moment is going through a silent emergency and I am going to these refugee camps to meet these kids, listen to their stories and be a voice for them. I want to use my voice to amplify theirs,” she said.
Readers, following Priyanka Chopra, on social media platforms would be aware that Priyanka is not only promoting their culture but she has been meeting and discussing several stories of teenage girls who are fighting for basic human rights. Amongst them, here are a few posts:
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Awetash, 6 months, has been in the Stabilization Center since she was 2 months old – she weighed 2.2KG (4.4 Lbs.) Her mother, Alamauou, 28, delivered the baby prematurely due to her own malnutrition, and as a result, was unable to produce breast milk. Awetash’s eyes looking at me bore a hole in my mind. (Her leg, at 6 months old fits into my hand)The thought of any child in the world starving is truly against nature. But since she’s consistently being monitored and fed at the health center, she’s been making great progress and she’s eating highly nutritious therapeutic food to gain weight and energy. Selam Haile, 30, visits the Nutrition Screening Center at the Tselemti woreda refugee camp every week with her daughter Rahwat Afewerki, 10 months. When she started visiting the Center, Rahwat was 6 months and malnourished, but in the past 4 month her health and weight has improved significantly. These are just a few success stories of how these health and nutrition centers help children get the nourishment they need, so that they have the energy to learn, grow, and develop like other children their age. There is inadequate awareness within the community around nutrition, but @unicef and Community Health Workers like Senait Woldegebreil, a refugee who volunteers and goes door to door, are educating new mothers on the importance of nutrition, the signs of malnourishment and proper feeding practices. #achildisachild #childrenuprooted @unicefethiopia
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“My grandmother, who helped me grow even though she had nothing, she did everything she could to send me to school and for me to reach here. I haven’t been able to support her at all and I left her all by herself in Eritrea,” said Simon 16, who arrived in Ethiopia as an unaccompanied minor seeking asylum when he was 14. He never knew his parents. Eritrean refugees account for the one of the largest groups of refugees in Ethiopia, with more than 2,400 being unaccompanied minors. Simon made the journey alone and had to sleep at the border that night. Then, he stayed at the registration center for 2 months before they moved him to the Hitsats Refugee Camp…he’s been there for 2 years and 3 months now, and “life is really good compared to where I was,” he told me. I couldn’t imagine what it was like before. Today, he’s thriving and learning, in the process of getting his refugee status paperwork (which you can only get after 16 hence the delay), with plans to go to university, and the hope of changing his life so he can support his grandmother the way she so selflessly supported him. On top of this, he’s insanely talented – he’s the captain of the football team, a dancer, and a runner. Who knows where his future could take him with a little help. @unicef @unicefethiopia #childrenuprooted #achildisachild Photo credit: @karelprinsloo