UNICEF correspondent Patrick Flynn reports on Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi's visit to children in Haiti.
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Patrick Flynn: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi makes his first official visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Lionel Messi: The truth is that I didn’t expect it to be this way. It surprised me that people treat me in this manner and that I could get a smile out of people who have gone through such difficult times.
Patrick Flynn: At the UNICEF Haiti Headquarters, Mr. Messi had a chance to meet with the group of Haitian children who live at the camp and participate in a sport for development program. These children and many others are participants in a psycho-social rehabilitation program, implemented by UNICEF and its partner, the Haitian Olympic Committee. Recreation and play are vital to the happiness, health and well-being of all children particularly those who are living through a crisis situation.
Lionel Messi: Sports help me a lot. I think there are many things that one doesn’t saw the football field that helps one later in life.
Patrick Flynn: Life inside the camp is desperate for everyone and particularly for children. But with the help of programs like sports for development, children find a safe place where they can be cared for, deal with the traumas of the past and learn valuable lessons for the future.
Lionel Messi: We have to work a lot and value Haiti and help in everything that is happening because we need a lot of work to change all that I saw. Haiti has practically nothing and it will take a lot for Haiti to rise again.
Patrick Flynn: In Port-au-Prince, Haiti this is Patrick Flynn reporting for UNICEF Television, unite for children.