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Mia Farrow meets children of war in Uganda, to attend forum focusing on maternal, child health


July 15: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, US actress Mia Farrow with a group of Karimojong children at a Tokul near the town of Kitodo, in the far north west of Uganda. (AP)

KOTIDO, Uganda (AP) — Actress Mia Farrow met with young victims of war and sexual abuse during a three-day trip through Uganda.

Farrow, a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, spoke with 15-year-old Lilian Andia, who was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and gave birth to two children in captivity. Andia was later rescued by Congo's army.

Farrow said that as a mother she understood Andia's struggles to protect her children while held by the LRA. Farrow spoke to Andia at a school partly funded by UNICEF where formerly child captives now study.

Northern Uganda has experienced decades of war and unrest. The area still suffers from high levels of poverty and malnutrition.

On Saturday Farrow will attend the African Youth Forum, which will focus on maternal and child health and development.