Extraordinary 11 year-old Andrew Adansi Bonnah visits South Africa to address leaders on child soldiers

11 years old Andrew Adansi Bonnah (Initiator of Save Somali Children From Hunger Project) is to visit South Africa from 18-22 November 2011 at the invitation by the African Centre for Constructive Resolution to Disputes (ACCORD) based in Durban, South Africa. The invitation is to enable Andrew to meet with an African Assembly of 20 Child Ambassadors selected from countries who are in conflict, or emerged from conflict, and are 11 years old, to deliberate on the “Plight of the Girl – Child Soldier in Africa” and its eradication.


The event which falls on 20 November 2011 (i.e. 2011-2011 – a significant day in history), marks Universal Children’s Day declared by the UN in the year 1954. The conference is organized by ACCORD in partnership with the Office of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa and will be held at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria. The occasion will also include the Chair of ACCORD’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Graca Machel.

Young Andrew’s address is expected to stress on Africa Unity, with emphasize on lessons learnt from Somalia crises that calls for Peace making, Peace building, Peacekeeping, Postwar Reconstruction (With focus on compulsory free and accessible basic education, food security, adequate health care, regenerative health and nutrition, as well as shelter) and finally protection of the African child from all forms of abuses as enshrined in the UN declaration on the rights of the child.

Andrew who has pledged to promote Africa’s Future Restoration is to make a brilliant presentation at the Pretoria conference after his extraordinary speech at the African Union Donor Pledging Conference in Addis Ababa August 25 this year, where he promised to raise $13 million for the children of Somalia.


Little Andrew will also pay a courtesy call on Former President Mandela. He will be accompanied by his father, Mr. Samuel Adansi-Bondah and his technical advising Director, Mr. Kobla Asamani.

The trip is funded by ACCORD. ACCORD is a non-governmental civil society institution with its Headquarters in Durban, South Africa and works throughout the African Continent in the field of innovative and effective conflict prevention, management and resolution for the past 19 years. ACCORD’s activities stretch from the SADC in the Southern Africa, through the Great Lakes region to West Africa and theHorn of Africa in the North – eastern Africa. Mr. Vasu Gounden is Founder and Executive Director.

Contact Andrew Adansi Bonnah and the ‘Save Somali Children from Hunger Campaign’ on +233 208 070253, or e-mail Mawuli Kobla Asamani on mawukosa@yahoo.com, or UNICEF +233 302 772524, or the World Food Programme (Ghana) + 233 264 33 55 98.

Article by:

Hayden Allen
General Manager: Corporate Affairs