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‘Tik’ issues urgent appeal from cyclone-hammered Africa

Jul 08. 2019
Tik Jessdaporn leads kids through a recreational activity at the Mutua shelter in Mozambique’s Gondola district to help them recover from the shock of surviving a disaster.
Tik Jessdaporn leads kids through a recreational activity at the Mutua shelter in Mozambique’s Gondola district to help them recover from the shock of surviving a disaster.
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By The Nation

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Superstar Jessdaporn “Tik” Pholdee recently travelled with a Unicef team to the African nation of Mozambique, twice pounded by ferocious cyclones this year, to help raise awareness among the Thai public about the urgent needs of affected children and families.

Jessdaporn, dubbed the “Campaign Champion” for this mission, travelled to the hardest-hit areas as part of a bid to raise funds in Thailand to help 1.6 million children in need of humanitarian assistance in the aftermaths of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth that struck in March and April. 

He visited a temporary medical facility at the Mutua shelter that was treating many children for malnutrition and malaria.

“I saw families still suffering to this day,” Jessdaporn said. “I’m worried about their future, especially the children who deserve to grow up in better living conditions. I truly believe that support from Thai people would be a vital force that could help these children overcome obstacles and return to normal life again.”

More than 1.6 million children in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are still in need of humanitarian assistance, including healthcare, nutrition, protection, education, water and sanitation. 

Cyclone Idai, which hit all three countries, was the most devastating disaster to befall southern Africa in 20 years.

Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique – the first time in recorded history two strong tropical cyclones hit the country in the same season.

Contaminated water sources and lack of clean water are exposing 1.6 million children to the risk of cholera, malaria and diarrhoea. 

Unicef is setting up water pipes to the hardest-hit areas and establishing temporary learning centres to get children back in school as quickly as possible. 

Natural disasters and traumatic experiences significantly impact children’s psychosocial well-being and development. To help them overcome such experiences, Unicef and its partners are setting up child-friendly safe spaces in affected areas.

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