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    Re: Clay Aiken visits Somalia for UNICEF

    Quote Originally Posted by AllDone;3079005;
    Clay is in Somalia!

    Clay Aiken appeals for world attention on Somalia

    By Guled Mohamed 2 hours, 57 minutes ago

    HARGEISA, Somalia (Reuters Life!) - Clay Aiken appealed on Wednesday for the world not to forget Somalia, where conflict and hunger have created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

    Aiken said U.S. and international interest in Somalia had been minimal since failed military intervention in the early 1990s.

    "There hasn't been much discussion of Somalia since the early 1990s in the U.S.," said Aiken, a U.N. goodwill ambassador, on a visit to Somalia. "The American population kind of got a bad taste of Somalia in the early 90's and hasn't really had much interest in the country since."

    Somalia has suffered relentless civil conflict since the 1991 toppling military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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    "It's the most dangerous place for a child to be," Aiken said. "In the lower part of the country, southern part, I feel it's a more desperate situation than any place we've ever been."

    Clay Aiken appeals for world attention on Somalia - Yahoo! News
    Clay Aiken appeals for world attention on Somalia | Lifestyle | Reuters

    I find it interesting that news services like Reuters (as opposed to "entertainment news" media) don't seem to feel the need to attach a label like "American Idol runner-up" or "former American Idol contestant" to Clay's name to make sure the readers know who he is.

    You might think if anyone would need some sort of reminder of why Clay's name is newsworthy, it would be people who don't carefully follow AI or entertainment news in general, but it really doesn't seem to be needed.
    It's media like OK Magazine Clay Aiken Calls Attention To Somalia that seem compelled to throw in something about "American Idol" every time they mention Clay even in contexts far removed in both time and content from that show.
    OK Magazine and LALate.com both have nice articles about Clay's trip to Somalia for UNICEF (and they actually used recent, decent pics of Clay too ) but both stuck in unnecessary stuff like his age and that he was once on AI.
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    Good for Clay! I hope that the people over there get what they need.
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    Re: Clay Aiken

    Quote Originally Posted by Grisabella;3084451;
    Is that a different article, Grisabella....because that link doesn't work.

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    CNN to Focus Spotlight on Saving World’s Children with Global Broadcast

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta Anchors July 6 Special with UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu, Musician Joel Madden

    CNN will focus a lens on the world’s children in harm’s way and examines child survival issues in-depth during its global broadcast, The Survival Project: One Child at a Time. Anchored by CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the special will focus on healthcare, education, water sanitation and protection from violence for children. UNICEF ambassador Lucy Liu and Good Charlotte musician Joel Madden join Gupta as panelists for the program and speak about their experiences with UNICEF. Following recent crises in Myanmar and China, CNN viewers moved by the devastating stories and images are looking for ways to help. In May, the month of the devastating natural disasters in both nations, the “Impact Your World” special section on CNN.com more than doubled the previous month’s page view numbers for users looking for information on how to help. Shot in high-definition television before an audience at the Alliance Theater inside Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, The Survival Project: One Child at a Time will premiere on Sunday, July 6, at 8 p.m. and will replay at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. All times Eastern. The broadcast will be simulcast on CNN and CNN International.

    Clay Aiken, Dayle Haddon, Joel Madden, Ne-Yo, Nicole Ritchie, Al Roker, Marcus Samuelsson and Amare Stoudemire appear in special video diaries of their volunteer experiences and encourage viewers to help children around the world.
    All Things CNN: Sanjay's Busy Weeks and Clips

    This was taped while Clay was in Somalia.

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    Re: Clay Aiken

    This article has a pic of Clay w kids in Somalia for UNICEF:
    UNICEF - Somalia - UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken visits Somalia
    Photo caption: © UNICEF/2008/Shepherd-Johnson
    UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken talks Rahma, 9, during a visit to the Somaliland Cultural and Sports Association in Hargeisa, North West Somalia.


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    UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken visits Somalia
    By Denise Shepherd-Johnson

    NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 July 2008 – During a five-day visit to the self-declared republic of Somaliland in north-west Somalia, UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken was moved by the work that UNICEF is doing under challenging circumstances.

    “In a country that’s better known for conflict, insecurity, drought and floods,” said Mr. Aiken, “it’s truly remarkable that UNICEF is still able to make a difference to the health, education and well-being of Somali children.”

    Mr. Aiken travelled to Hargeisa, Gabiley and Boroma to see UNICEF-supported projects firsthand – projects that promote child health, safe water, sanitation and hygiene, primary education, child protection and girls’ empowerment.

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    ‘The right to an education’

    Playing basketball with girls in the enclosed facility of the Somaliland Cultural and Sports Association (SOCSA), Mr. Aiken saw the opportunity given to females by the UNICEF-supported organization.

    “Here, girls are able to learn about leadership and health, acquire life skills and play sports within a safe environment,” he said. ...

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    “Somalia has some of the lowest enrolment rates in the world, but every child has the right to an education,” said Mr. Aiken. “UNICEF is working to help ensure that even working children get to go to school.” ...

    Providing for basic needs

    In Boroma, Mr. Aiken saw how the town’s water system is functioning with UNICEF’s support. ...

    Mr. Aiken also visited maternal and child health clinics to see nutritional feeding and immunization activities along with projects supporting children with disabilities, the eradication of female genital mutilation/cutting and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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    Here is that tiny picture blown up. It looks like a transmitter pack in his pocket so this might be part of the video diary we'll see on the CNN special report on Sunday.

    Last edited by AllDone; 07-03-2008 at 03:37 PM.

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    Re: Clay Aiken

    my dvr display mentions "unicef ambassador lucy liu", not clay. but i added it to my recording schedule ... hopefully we'll see him.

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