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      AUDREY HEPBURN'S WORK WITH UNICEF

Bangladesh & Thailand

Audrey's sixth journey was to Bangladesh in October 1989. "Everyone was calling Bangladesh a basket case," says John Isaac, former chief of the UN Photo Unit who became close to Audrey and Wolders, "because of the constant mishaps they had with floods, famine - you name it. But when everybody else was throwing up their hands, Audrey said, 'I want to go there and be with them and promote their cause.' I thought that was amazing." Isaac recalls, "She traveled to every little corner. Often the kids would have flies all over them, but she would just go hug them. I had never seen that. Other people had a certain amount of hesitation, but she would just grab them. Children would just come up to hold her hand, touch her - she was like the Pied Piper."

Following her trip to Bangladesh, Audrey also visited Thailand. She spent time in the Klong Toey Slum in Bangkok, where she toured a school and children’s centre that provides support for orphans and children of the slums.



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