Everytime I get to the point where I think "maybe my Ana love is unjustified" I read something new that just reminds me why I love the girl:
“When I was a kid I used to receive UNICEF cards,” said Ana. “Now, I am sending them. It is a special pleasure to know that each UNICEF card and product, apart from making a person who receives it happy, directly helps at least one child.”
Items for sale in Serbia include teddy bears, greeting cards and toys such as the “Brio Ant”. Visitors in Serbia can buy the items by visiting the UNICEF Shop.
Funds raised through the gift campaign are used within Serbia to fund UNICEF’s priority programmes, which are aimed at promoting a rights-based approach to the survival, development and inclusion of all children from conception through adolescence.
There is a particular focus on the rights of those children who are excluded due to ethnic background, disability, poverty, violence, abuse or exploitation. Ana fronts the “School Without Violence” programme and she visited a Belgrade school earlier this month.
Sure, the program is cool and it's a nice excuse to post adorable pictures of Baby E with teddybears:
But really gets me is her non-chalant "When I was a kid I used to receive UNICEF cards". Sometimes I forget that she grew up in the midst of all that bombing. And though she, Nole, and JJ have all helped create this new rejuvenated image of Serbia, it's still a battered, war torn country with a lot of issues.
Here's a video ESPN did that actually addressed the NATO bombings. Click forward to 3:40ish.