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David Harewood broke down in tears as he told of his meeting with 11-year-old Hassan, a Bangladeshi street child who lost his father, two siblings in a devastating flood.

David Harewood with Hassan, 11 years old
David Harewood with Hassan, 11 years old

Hometown star David Harewood has revealed his heartbreaking encounter with a Bangladeshi street kid whose whole family was wiped out by the monsoon.

The British actor, 56, broke down in tears as he talked about 11-year-old Hassan who lost his father, two brothers and sister in a devastating flood.

The boy clung to a fishing net with his mother, Fatema, in the middle of the night before being pulled out of the water.

Now, Hassan is one of 1.52 million children making a living on the streets of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

In an exclusive interview, Birmingham-born star David begs the British public to help tackle the child poverty crisis.






David Harewood visits Sadarghat station Lunch in Dhaka, Bangladesh

David – who starred in BBC1’s The Night Manager and Leonardo Di Caprio’s hit series Blood Diamond – said: “It’s frustrating but also inspiring. With that smile of his, you will leave with a sense of hope.

“If he can smile at that and hope for it, I can only follow in his footsteps.

“They were awakened in the middle of a storm, a torrential rain washed away his village.

“During the night, he lost his father, two brothers and even his sister.

“They were saved by a fisherman, but they lost their village, lost their friends, lost everything.

“They boarded a ferry and went to Dhaka and now they live on the streets.”

David flew more than 5,000 miles to Bangladesh to visit the UNICEF Emergency Center ahead of this Sunday’s All-Star Football Festival.






He is urging Britons to help tackle the child poverty crisis

The centers provide children with a safe haven, two meals, toys and games to play with, psychosocial support, an informal education, and a sheltered place to sleep. At night.

Father-of-two David will line up to score for England against Soccer Aid this Sunday at the London Stadium to help fund services.

And in an exclusive interview, he said he wasn’t nervous despite the crowd of 70,000.

But he admits he was scared to face Brazil’s World Cup-winning legend, 52-year-old Cafu, as he lined up for the World XI.







Football Support for UNICEF takes place on Sunday, 12 June, at London Stadium, Stratford
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David, a Unicef ​​ambassador who has previously been to Sierra Leone, said: “I am looking forward to getting back between the clubs – I didn’t compete last year because I was injured.

“So I’m really looking forward to getting back on the pitch with these legends.

“I cannot describe what it feels like to be playing alongside some of your childhood heroes.

“To be in the dressing room with the likes of Jamie Carragher and John Terry, it’s been amazing.

“It’s been great to be on the field with these boys and see their skill, but that’s really what makes it all the more special.”

Former One Direction star Liam Payne will captain the England team that will also feature Mark Noble and Joe Cole.

Olympic legend Usain Bolt, Line of Duty star Martin Compston and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes all returned to World XI after competing in last year’s event.

Funds raised from Soccer Aid will help Unicef ​​deliver vaccines, combat malnutrition and provide a safe space to protect children in times of crisis.

Donate now on the Soccer Aid website and each donation will be doubled up to £4 million thanks to the Power of Nutrition.

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