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At a UNICEF charity luncheon Roger Moore had this to say

"When I am asked, 'What do you remember about the things you've seen?' I say I remember the smells -- poverty has a smell -- and it's not just because people are unwashed. There is a real smell of poverty you find when you're traveling in the Third World".

"There is a smell that is not with us -- and I'm sorry to bring it up at lunch -- and that is the smell of burning flesh."

He said he remembers the gruesome smell when he visited children in hospital wards and looked into their sad young faces.

"I was not prepared for the sight of a child without limbs on a bed who was a victim of a landmine."

Mr. Moore became interested in working with UNICEF through his friend, actress Audrey Hepburn, and for the last eight years he has devoted his time to worldwide humanitarian causes. In May he went to Macedonia on an advocacy mission, visiting various UNICEF projects in refugee camps.

Mr. Moore said we often take for granted the most basic things in life, such as a simple glass of water.

"On our tables," Mr. Moore said, "we have glasses and they (waiters) just pour water into them. Think of the millions of people who have no access to water and those who will not even drink out of a glass. So we come to the injustices of the world, and in order to get water many families have to send off their children or the women to bring back water."

"About 40,000 children die every day from starvation or abuse, he said. UNICEF is trying to stamp out the exploitation and abuse of children around the world and restore some dignity so they can build a life for themselves"

In December of 1998 he was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) Award, in recognition of his many humanitarian achievements.

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