UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has launched an appeal in a UK newspaper asking for donations to help famine victims in east Africa.
The football ace has written a letter to readers of the Daily Mirror as an “urgent plea of support” amidst the worst droughts in the Horn of Africa for over 50 years.
“Every six minutes a child in south Somalia is dying from hunger. Just think about that. And many more will die in the coming weeks unless you and I do something to help,” Beckham wrote.
The 36-year-old, who recently became a father for the fourth time with the arrival of daughter Harper Seven, added: “I never want to see Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz or Harper go to bed without a meal. I cannot begin to think what it is like for those children, with not even a grain of rice in their stomachs, going to bed hungry day after day, week after week.”
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UNICEF has launched a massive vaccination campaign to protect every child in Somalia under the age of 15 against measles. It is also working with the Kenya Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO) to target almost 203,000 children under five with measles and polio vaccines, together with Vitamin A and de-worming tablets in the country’s Dadaab refugee camp and surrounding areas.
Beckham closes his letter by stating, “By giving just £5 – often less than the price of a meal in the UK – you could provide life-saving food supplies for children who are hungry. UNICEF is the main provider of emergency nutrition for children in East Africa, and one of the only organisations working in Somalia, but they desperately need your help to reach every child.
“What is happening to children right now is horrific. Please, please help Unicef to help those children.
“We need to act now. I promise you that your donation will make a life-saving difference.”
For more information visit www.unicef.org.