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IIMSAM Official Dr. Naseer Homoud Observed UN Universal Children Day

IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud’ message on UN Universal Children Day. Dr. Naseer Homoud urged the community to stand with children basic rights so that the future assets are preserved.

Doha, Qatar, November 22, 2009 --( November 20 is Universal Children's Day - a day to promote the plight of children worldwide and commemorate all of the world's youngest citizens. Every year thousands of children are subjected to torture. Children in conflict and post-conflict areas are at particularly high risk, but also street children in the slums of large cities around the world are routinely detained and tortured and are left to fight with hunger and malnutrition. This 20 November, IIMSAM urges all states to reinforce their efforts to protect these highly vulnerable groups against torture and all other forms of ill-treatment and to ensure that every child is supplied with his most fundamental right- the right to live.

On the occasion of UN Universal Children Day, Dr. Naseer Homoud Goodwill Ambassador and Director of Middle East office for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council while addressing the media said “notwithstanding of this key obligation, children around the world continue to be victimized by conflict and violence, as was revealed by the report from UN Secretary General Office released in 2006 and other subsequent reports. Recruitment of child soldiers, trafficking, and detention of minors are just a few of the mechanisms through which children are exposed to torture and ill-treatment. Moreover, children of parents or other family members who have been subjected to torture suffer as secondary victims as they experience one or more of their loved-ones becoming introverted, depressed and/or aggressive.”

While advocating the efforts of IIMSAM in fighting hunger and malnutrition which is prevailing at large in children Dr. Homoud stressed that IIMSAM by spreading usage of Spirulina against fighting hunger and malnutrition is dedicated to intensify its efforts for protecting children from malnutrition and hunger. Pleading support for IIMSAM which has undertaken commendable job of protecting children from malnutrition and hunger under able and visionary guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona Director General of the IIMSAM, Dr. Homoud said “ it is need of the hour to unite for the sake of our future generations- we cannot afford to leave our children- the assets of future- in such catastrophic situation where they are losing their battles against life.”

While concluding his address on the occasion Dr. Homoud said “today I pay special tribute to all key government and non-governmental agencies involved in supporting child abuse prevention initiatives and in providing basic amenities. As a community, however, we need to be very sensitive to the fact that these institutional efforts in protecting children are extremely important but by themselves not sufficient. Everyone must take personal responsibility for monitoring the environment for violent and abusive behavior against children and to ensure that they are being supplied with basic facilities so that they are not left with hunger and malnutrition. This is our responsibility and we must by our daily commitment promise our children to guard their right to be protected.”

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