Newly engaged actress Keira Knightley recently traveled with UNICEF to visit Chad in West Africa. During her trip the actress was overcome with emotion after witnessing the horrifying condition of the country’s malnourished children, many who are living in extreme poverty.
The 27-year-old toured a nutrition centre that was set up to help those in need. Video of Knightley’s trip was aired in a TV special on Wednesday night as a part of the upcoming Soccer Aid Fundraiser.
“This area is currently in the grips of one of the worst food crises in years,” said Knightley, via Contact Music. “In an emergency like this, children are often the first to pay the price. UNICEF and their partners are here trying to tackle this catastrophic situation.”
After visiting with a few of the children at the center, Knightley told the Daily Express about one girl in particular, “She’s swollen so her whole body is swollen up, all around here eyes is full of liquid. As the body swells the skin shrinks and splits. The nutrition centre was set up to provide direct and immediate care to children who are victims of the crisis.”
After experiencing the horrors first hand Knightley urged viewers to donate $8 stating: “with your help UNICEF can save children’s lives… please text the word ‘Donate” to 70442.”
The Soccer Aid match will take place in Manchester, England this Sunday and will feature many stars including Will Ferrell, Michael Sheen and Robbie Williams. The fundraiser will raise money for UNICEF and will help children around the world.
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