David Beckham heartbroken by refugee camp visit
David Beckham was heartbroken to see children living in refugee camps during a trip to eastern Africa as part of his work for UNICEF.
The retired soccer star is a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity, which strives to help save children’s lives all over the world, and flew out to meet families living in a refugee camp in Djibouti. It was David’s first visit to a camp like this, with this particular facility housing people who have fled conflict in neighbouring countries including Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“This is the first time I have visited a refugee camp,” he said of his eye-opening trip to Djibouti on Sunday (08Nov15). "It’s shocking to see how children’s lives can be turned upside down as a result of conflict and violence, and as a father it breaks my heart to see children living in such difficult circumstances.
"All children, no matter where they live, deserve a fair chance in life."
As he spent time with families at the Ali Addeh camp – which is currently home to 10,000 refugees - he was surrounded by young fans eager to get his attention and showed his gentle side by inviting a little girl to sit on his lap.
David is well known for his devotion to his family, and raises four children with his wife Victoria. His role as a father means the causes championed by UNICEF have a great significance for David, and he is committed to doing everything he can to help tackle hardships children face globally. Earlier this year, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF fund, which will raise money to pay for vaccinations for children as well as important medical care to protect them from preventable diseases.
The 40-year-old sports star is currently making a documentary about grassroots football, and last week he was photographed playing the sport with kids in Nepal. His visit to Djibouti is part of an upcoming BBC film which sees him journey around the world to play a game in each of the seven continents to raise awareness and vital funds for his UNICEF Fund.
- Cover Media