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Por qué el Soccer Aid es mucho mas que un partido de fútbol con celebridades

Acá les dejo la traducción de este artículo escrito por Lily Caprani, Directora Ejecutiva Adjunta de Unicef UK, publicado en Huffington Post UK para que comprendamos un poco mas el verdadero motivo del Soccer Aid. Y también revela que lo recaudado por el Soccer Aid de este año estará destinado a familias de Etiopía que están sufriendo una devastadora sequía.

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Este domingo, celebridades y leyendas del fútbol se van a reunir para jugar uno de los partidos mas emocionantes del año en el Old Trafford par recaudar dinero en beneficio de Unicef. Todos, desde Michael Sheen hasta Sir AP McCoy, y dos de los miembros de One Direction van a levantar sus pies para jugar en el 10° aniversario del Soccer Aid, junto a leyendas como Ronaldinho, Sol Campbell y Jamie Carragher.

Mientras que el evento atraerá la atención de miles de fans al estadio y millones de televidentes desde su casa, el partido lleno de estrellas es mucho mas que solo eso. Es una oportunidad para que nosotros nos unamos para ayudar a construir un mundo mas seguro para los niños. Niños como los que he conocido en mi reciente visita a Etiopía; un país que está atravesando una de las peores sequías de las últimas décadas.

Si retrocedemos a 1984, una devastadora sequía en Etiopía atrajo la atención del mundo, con imágenes de chicos muriéndose de hambre y cuyas supervivencia parecían no tener esperanza. Los efectos de la hambruna fueron duraderos y de gran alcance, con consecuencias inimaginables para los que vivimos en otro continente.

Ahora, casi 30 años después, el país es nuevamente golpeado por una sequía, causando estragos en la vida de millones de personas. Durante mi viaje conocí a madres e hijos cuyas vidas son una batalla diaria para conseguir las cosas básicas; agua limpia y comida sana son cosas escasas. Visité clínicas rurales donde trabajadores de la salud medían los pequeños brazos de unos bebés y los diagnosticaron con desnutrición severa.

Sin embargo la diferencia entre la sequía de 1984 y la situación que enfrentan ahora es que, hoy en día el país está mucho mejor equipado para sostener una crisis de estas escalas. Ahora, a pesar de que millones de personas son afectadas, les esta llegando la ayuda. He visto como llevaban agua limpia a pueblos remotos y también a personas locales distribuyéndola. He visto como doctores salvaron la vida de bebés por tener los medicamentos básicos y suministros de alimentos infantiles, gracias a las donaciones de Unicef. Este progreso increíble es en parte debido a que la ayuda a países en desarrollo como Etiopía los ayuda a construir su infraestructura y sistemas de modo que están mucho mejor preparados para enfrentar crisis como estas.

Gracia a la ayuda del gobierno del Reino Unido y las preciadas donaciones que las personas le hacen a Unicef, nosotros somos capaces de trabajar con el gobierno de Etiopía para abastecer sus centros médicos, llevar adelante programas de educación y dar apoyo a los centros médicos móviles para llevar la ayuda hacia donde mas se necesita.

Ese apoyo está dando sus frutos mejor que nunca ahora que hay casi 6 millones de niños de Etiopía sufriendo hambre, enfermedades y la falta de agua. Pero aún queda mucho para hacer en una crisis de esta escala y ahora tenemos la oportunidad de ayudarlos una vez mas.

Eventos como el Soccer Aid no son los primeros de su tipo – hemos visto que juntar estrellas y personas con increíbles talentos nos ofrece una plataforma única para hablar sobre los niños de todo el mundo que están en peligro y, mas importante, sobre lo que podemos hacer para ayudarlos.

A través de los años, el Soccer Aid ha recaudado mas de £17 millones para el trabajo de Unicef con los niños en riesgo. Este año, el gobierno del Reno Unido va a igualar cada centavo recaudado durante todo el evento. Esto significa que seremos capaces de proporcionar aún mas ayuda a niños como los que están en Etiopía sufriendo desnutrición.

Es por esto que este Soccer Aid será mucho mas que un partido de fútbol legendario. Va a ser una oportunidad para que nosotros nos volvamos a unir como en 1984 y asegurarnos que llegaremos a cada niño en peligro – hoy, y en el futuro.

El Soccer Aid será transmitido en vivo por ITV desde las 6pm el Domingo 5 de Junio. Para comprar las entradas o donar a Unicef visiten itv.com/socceraid. Cada centavo que dones al Soccer Aid hasta el 29 de Julio del 2016 será igualado por el Gobierno del Reino Unido.

 

Nine-Year-old Tsiriyti Tesfay is a third grade student at UNICEF supported Baáti Akhor Primary School at Tigray Regional State , her wish is to be an English Teacher. © UNICEF/Ethiopia 16/Tesfaye

Nine-Year-old Tsiriyti Tesfay is a third grade student at UNICEF supported Baáti Akhor Primary School at Tigray Regional State , her wish is to be an English Teacher. © UNICEF/Ethiopia 16/Tesfaye

Fatuma Adullah and her daughter Chali fill their jerry cans. Since the Unicef-supported pump was installed two weeks ago, life has changed dramatically. Before children were travelling three hours to get water, over terrain so rocky that even donkeys struggled to climb the hills. One father says that life was often unbearable; if a family member died they’d have to keep the body for several days before being able to wash it as part of traditional funeral preparations. The children spent all their time travelling to find water, and therefore were unable to go to school. Many of the children were sick too, often having bouts of diarrhoea as the river they travelled too was dirty. For one mother, Fatuma Abdullah, sadly the new pump came too late for her seven year old son, Anwar. His tummy pains were so bad after drinking dirty water that he asked his mother to tie his stomache to try and stop them. Fatuma says, “I think my child’s problem came from drinking dirty water from the river, and drinking the water that our cows drink. There is a severe water shortage here, its our main problem. The journey to collect the water was tough, even the donkeys sometimes miscarried due to the steep hills”. Her son is still alive but in a poorly way at home. She says at least she doesn’t have to fear that her other children will fall ill now though, families are “joyful” about the pump and the children are now able to go to school. Water Point, Lode Lamhffo Kabele, Sire Woreda, Arsi Zone. © UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Ayene

Fatuma Adullah and her daughter Chali fill their jerry cans. Since the Unicef-supported pump was installed two weeks ago, life has changed dramatically. Before children were travelling three hours to get water, over terrain so rocky that even donkeys struggled to climb the hills. One father says that life was often unbearable; if a family member died they’d have to keep the body for several days before being able to wash it as part of traditional funeral preparations. The children spent all their time travelling to find water, and therefore were unable to go to school. Many of the children were sick too, often having bouts of diarrhoea as the river they travelled too was dirty.
For one mother, Fatuma Abdullah, sadly the new pump came too late for her seven year old son, Anwar. His tummy pains were so bad after drinking dirty water that he asked his mother to tie his stomache to try and stop them. Fatuma says, “I think my child’s problem came from drinking dirty water from the river, and drinking the water that our cows drink. There is a severe water shortage here, its our main problem. The journey to collect the water was tough, even the donkeys sometimes miscarried due to the steep hills”. Her son is still alive but in a poorly way at home. She says at least she doesn’t have to fear that her other children will fall ill now though, families are “joyful” about the pump and the children are now able to go to school. Water Point, Lode Lamhffo Kabele, Sire Woreda, Arsi Zone. © UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Ayene

Mothers bring their babies and young children to be screened for malnutrition at the community health post. Across eastern and southern Africa, millions of children are struggling to cope with food insecurity, lack of water and disease. In Ethiopia, after two years of erratic rainfall and drought, one of the most powerful El Niño weather events for 50 years is wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods. The Government of Ethiopia has been leading the humanitarian response but needs are vast - near on six million children in Ethiopia are in need of food assistance. Health systems are in place with the Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF working together to make sure health professionals are well trained and that supplies like emergency therapeutic food and milk are well stocked In this kabele, the fear is that come March families will have sold the few assets they have left. They will have literally nothing. It is therefore vital that supplementary feeding programmes – led by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) –are scaled up to ensure that moderately malnourished children (and their families) are receiving food when stocks are low or non-existent in homes. Without focus on supplementary feeding, we will start to see more children becoming severely acutely malnourished children, requiring more attention at health centres and hospitals as opposed to at the community level – and of course more funds. Arago Nemano Kabele, Shalla Woreda, West Arsi Zone. © UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Ayene

Mothers bring their babies and young children to be screened for malnutrition at the community health post. Across eastern and southern Africa, millions of children are struggling to cope with food insecurity, lack of water and disease. In Ethiopia, after two years of erratic rainfall and drought, one of the most powerful El Niño weather events for 50 years is wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods. The Government of Ethiopia has been leading the humanitarian response but needs are vast – near on six million children in Ethiopia are in need of food assistance. Health systems are in place with the Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF working together to make sure health professionals are well trained and that supplies like emergency therapeutic food and milk are well stocked
In this kabele, the fear is that come March families will have sold the few assets they have left. They will have literally nothing. It is therefore vital that supplementary feeding programmes – led by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) –are scaled up to ensure that moderately malnourished children (and their families) are receiving food when stocks are low or non-existent in homes. Without focus on supplementary feeding, we will start to see more children becoming severely acutely malnourished children, requiring more attention at health centres and hospitals as opposed to at the community level – and of course more funds. Arago Nemano Kabele, Shalla Woreda, West Arsi Zone. © UNICEF Ethiopia/2016/Ayene

Drought in Ethiopia