At the service of empire. UNICEF's fake humanitarian appeal
Cem Ertur | 12.27.2012
As the United Nations Security Council passes a resolution for the deployment of foreign troops in Mali and the United States announces its plan to deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013, UNICEF and The Independent launch a campaign “to help child soldiers in Central African Republic”.
At the service of empire. UNICEF’s fake humanitarian appeal
compiled by Cem Ertür
27 December 2012
As the United Nations Security Council passes a resolution for the deployment of foreign troops in Mali  and the United States announces its plan to deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013 , UNICEF and The Independent launch a campaign “to help child soldiers in Central African Republic”.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is promoting the UNICEF appeal.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the [Manchester] United manager, today appeals for fans of the club – which is said to have 75 million supporters worldwide – to make donations to this newspaper’s appeal for funds to help the leading children’s charity Unicef in its work negotiating the release of children under the control of rebel militias in the Central African Republic, one of the 10 poorest countries on the continent. 
Only three weeks ago, Mr Ferguson was busy presenting war medals to British soldiers who served in Afghanistan:
 Western Mail, 7 December 2012
 Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson presents a soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh with an Operational Service
Medal for Afghanistan, Chester Racecourse, Cheshire, 6 December 2012
Soldiers from the Royal Welsh regiment were presented with Afghanistan campaign medals by Sir Alex Ferguson at Chester Racecourse yesterday.
1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) returned from Operation HERRICK 16 in October, after a six-month tour of duty [in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province] [...]
Sir Alex [Ferguson] said [...]:
“I want to thank these lads for the service they've given our country without them Great Britain wouldn't be Great Britain. We all depend on them. I've got great respect for the Armed Forces.” [...]
Sir Alex said he has recently been involved in helping to raise funds for two charities which support the Armed Forces:
"I think we all owe them (the Armed Forces) a debt. There's a fantastic feel for all the troops from the whole of Britain." 
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train, December 2012 
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by Finnian Cunningham, Press TV, 22 December 2012
 US deploying troops to 35 African countries
Russia Today, 24 December 2012
 Manchester United’s plea to free the children of war
by Paul Vallely, The Independent, 26 December 2012
 Sir Alex Ferguson presents Afghanistan medals
Ministry of Defence website, 7 December 2012
 Syrian Human Rights Network calls on UNICEF to condemn armed groups' crimes against children in Syria
SANA, 11 December 2012
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