Il sorriso di ROBERTA per l'UNICEF - Project "A help to the children of Yemen"
Exhibitions, Italy, Messina, Milazzo, 24 May 2019
Unicef: "Yemen, for children a hell on earth"

"Yemen today is hell on earth for children.
It's a hell for every single boy and every single girl in Yemen. "
In Yemen, there are 1.8 million children every year suffering from acute malnutrition. 400,000 children who every day suffer from severe and life-threatening acute malnutrition.
40% of these 400,000 children live in Hodeida and in neighboring governorates, where war is raging.
30,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from diseases that cause malnutrition.
Half of the Yemeni children (under 5) - half - are chronically malnourished.
This is a vicious circle. 1.1 million pregnant or lactating women are anemic.
When they give birth, these women know that their children will be born of low birth weight, starting the cycle of malnutrition that leads to chronic malnutrition and all the consequences for the health of these boys and girls.
As we all know, chronic malnutrition has an incredibly important impact on the child's brain development.
Thus 50% of Yemeni children under 5 who are chronically malnourished today are all children who will never develop their full intellectual potential.
This is bad for children and bad for Yemen, if we want Yemen to be a country where it's nice to live as children ".
In Yemen today, every 10 minutes, a child dies from diseases that can easily be prevented.
Vaccination levels have fallen dramatically since the start of the war.
Even before the war, vaccination levels were not so good.
They have come down further.
There is no national vaccination program, so we are witnessing outbreaks of measles and diphtheria, with a fatal impact on children ".
1.5 million are the most vulnerable and poorest families in Yemen.
Families receive a small amount of money each month from UNICEF.
These families have told us that they can no longer afford the essential products, such as buying fruit and vegetables.
Not because fresh fruit and vegetables are not available on the market, but because they have unsustainable prices ».
"All the suffering of millions of children in Yemen has been caused by man.
If today we are facing the risk of a potential famine in Yemen, there is no single natural cause.
It is simply for reasons for which adults are responsible, but for which children will pay the highest price. "

In 2018 alone, UNICEF has provided treatment to over 345,000 severely malnourished children, while around 800,000 children have benefited from psychosocial support to overcome trauma.

What we will do to help them

A collective exhibition will be set up that will directly involve all the participating artists, who will donate one of their paintings.
The presence of numerous artists of many nationalities who have promised to donate their work for the realization of this project, comforts the organizers who hope to repeat the success of previous events.

All the works donated by the artists will be put on sale during the days of the event and all proceeds will be donated to UNICEF and will finance the Project "A help to the children of Yemen" that the Unicef ​​provincial committee of Messina and the association Roberta Smedili have adopted for their activities for the year 2019.

For information and donation paintings.
Roberta's smile for UNICEF - UNICEF Arte

Roberta Smedili Association
Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, 12
98057 Milazzo (ME)

Roberta's smile for UNICEF - Project "Fighting child malnutrition in Cameroon"
Paladiana of the Municipality of Milazzo 24 - 26 May 2019

Presentation presentation
Round room of the Paladiana, 24 May 2019 at 19.00

Display and sale of paintings
Paladiana glass room 25 - 26 May 2019 - 10.00 am - 8.00 pm

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