Movie actress Keira Knightley was so appalled by the conditions in
poverty-stricken Africa during a recent fundraising visit, she frequently felt
like bursting into tears.
The 19-year-old star jumped at the chance to join her Love Actually
director Richard Curtis on a five-day visit to Ethiopia, organised by British
charity event COMIC RELIEF.
But nothing prepared Knightley her for the terrible scenes of deprivation
she witnessed first-hand.
She says, "Confronting conditions in Africa was the most shocking
experience of my life. The scenes on the street really shook me.
"I'd seen so many documentaries about Ethiopia that I thought I wouldn't
find it all massively shocking. I was very wrong. I was on the edge of tears
all the way through the first day.
"Realising that some people in Africa had nothing without searching
through a bin or a pile of sewage was horrendous."