by Cem ErtÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼r
Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at 5:50 AM
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”.
Christmas appeals, Sir Alex Ferguson and gaping contradictions
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
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is promoting the UNICEF
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
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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