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
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
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."
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