Washington, January 25 : Football ace David Beckham has his heart full of praise for the people of Africa who, he says, face adversities cheerfully.
"I've just returned from visiting Sierra Leone in Africa as part of my role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Though I saw many problems and issues to tackle, I was heartened by the incredible and selfless work UNICEF and other agencies are ground on the ground to help," People magazine quoted Beckham as writing in his blog.
"I was also humbled by the people of Sierra Leone, who, despite the problems they face, keep smiling and are hopeful for the future. They made me feel extremely welcome in their country and I will never forget the experience," he added.
The former England captain also talked about the plight of children in the impoverished country.
"One in four children die in Sierra Leone before they reach the age of five and many of the diseases that children suffer can be prevented," he wrote.
"I genuinely hope that by visiting the affected areas and spending time with some of the people there, it will draw the world's attention towards the problems children face not only in Sierra Leone but similar situations across the world," he added.
Story first published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 18:22 [IST]
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