Audrey Hepburn: A Tribute to her Humanitarian Work
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"I auditioned for this job for forty-five years and I finally got it. I always felt very powerless when I would see the terrible pictures on TV. But I was offered a wonderful opportunity to do something [and it] is a marvelous therapy to the anguish I feel."

"She smiled at the children, and some of them came forward to stroke her arm and hold her hands as we walked through the village. To the side of the path, just ahead, a small girl sat by herself under the shade of a coconut tree. The little one caught Audrey's attention, and she asked, 'Why doesn't she join the others?' Walking over, Audrey knelt down and spoke with her. Then, picking her up, she hugged her close. The child's legs, crippled by polio, dangled uselessly. Carrying the little one Audrey walked towards us, her eyes filled with tears. None of the rest of us had taken notice of that child."

-Cole Dodge, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh

"Somebody said to me the other day, 'You know, it's really senseless, what you're doing. There's always been suffering, there will always be suffering, and you're just prolonging the suffering of these children [by rescuing them].' My answer is, 'Okay, then, let's start with your grandchild. Don't buy antibiotics if it gets pneumonia. Don't take it to the hospital of it has an accident. It's against life-against humanity-to think that way."


"She traveled to every little corner [of Bangladesh]. In one town, she leaned over to me and said, 'John, do these people know or care who I am?' I said, you'd be surprised.' As we were talking I heard this one man say to another, I think that is Miss Hepburn.' When I told her that, she turned around and asked 'Do you know me?' They guy said, 'I have seen Roman Holiday ten times!' In the middle of Bangladesh!"

-John Isaac, UNICEF photographer

"It makes me self-conscious. It's because I'm known, in the limelight, that it's getting all the gravy, but if you knew, if you saw some of the people who make it possible for UNICEF to help these children survive. These are the people who do the jobs-the unknowns, whose names you will never know…I at least get a dollar a year, but they don't."