David Beckham meets child survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Ex-England star played football with children, took part in lessons and gave vaccinations during the two day visit
David Beckham has visited the Philippines to meet children survivors of Typhoon Haiyan almost 100 days after the super storm devastated the Philippines.
The 38-year-old Unicef Goodwill Ambassador visited some of the worst affected areas of Tacloban, on Leyte Island, where thousands are living in tents.
Over 6,200 people died across the country when the Typhoon struck last November, and millions were left homeless, including 1.7 million children. 1,785 people are still missing.
"As a father, it was deeply moving to meet children as young as two who were left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing when sea and storm water swept through their villages during the typhoon," Mr Beckham said.
"Some children I spoke to had lost parents or brothers and sisters in incredibly frightening circumstances. It was devastating to hear about."
The former England football star visited Santo Nino School in Tanauan, where he played a game of football amongst the ruins of the original school. He took part in classes, helping to distribute exercise books, putting on a puppet show and painting a mural.
He also signed autographs for the excited kids and gave a polio vaccinations to toddlers.
"Children who were caught up in Haiyan are still traumatised by their experience and need ongoing assistance," added Mr Beckham.
"Unicef delivered life-saving supplies when the typhoon hit and they will now stay as long as they are needed and won't let children down.
"Here in the Philippines I have seen how public donations can have an incredible effect on children's lives in an emergency.
"Right now, millions of children in other parts of the world are in urgent need - whether it's as a result of the Syria crisis or the conflict in South Sudan."
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