'That story will never leave me': David Beckham fights back tears as he tells UN of the moment he met Filipino parents whose daughter, four, was swept out of her father's arms during typhoon 

David Beckham choked up on Thursday whilst talking about a four-year-old girl who died during the 2013 Philippines typhoon.

The ex-England footballer had to steady himself as he told the story of little Viana who was swept out of her father’s arms and drowned.

Beckham cleared his throat and admitted that it ‘really affected me’ and said: ‘That story will never leave me’.  

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Suited and booted: David Beckham delivered a passionate speech at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, urging world leaders to do more to help help disadvantaged children 

Suited and booted: David Beckham delivered a passionate speech at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, urging world leaders to do more to help help disadvantaged children 

Beckham is pictured in 2013 with Venus, whose sister Viana was swept to her death during the typhoon

Beckham is pictured in 2013 with Venus, whose sister Viana was swept to her death during the typhoon

He met the family last year on a trip to the Philippines in his role as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF after typhoon Haiyan killed 6,000 people in 2013.

Speaking at the United Nations in New York, Beckham said that spoke to Viana’s mother, father and her sister Venus, eight, who all survived the disaster.

He said: ‘On the night the typhoon hit the family were on their roof trying to protect themselves. 

Choking up: The 40-year-old star became emotional and held back tears as he recalled the story of four-year-old girl Viana who died during the 2013 Philippines typhoon

Choking up: The 40-year-old star became emotional and held back tears as he recalled the story of four-year-old girl Viana who died during the 2013 Philippines typhoon

Emotional: The ex-England footballer had to steady himself as he told the story of the little girl who was swept out of her father’s arms and drowned

Emotional: The ex-England footballer had to steady himself as he told the story of the little girl who was swept out of her father’s arms and drowned

'One of the most devastating stories I heard’: Father-of-four David was touched by the family's sad tale 

'One of the most devastating stories I heard’: Father-of-four David was touched by the family's sad tale 

‘The mother, tired, scared, exhausted, said to the father, can you please take Viana, so the father did.

‘He has Venus and Viana in his arms. Unfortunately the father was knocked off the roof by one of the waves.

‘He woke up six hours later holding one of the girls (Venus)’.

Unique project: David and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled the installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly

Unique project: David and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled the installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly

Passion project: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David is committed to helping youngsters around the world
Passion project: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David is committed to helping youngsters around the world

Passion project: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David is committed to helping youngsters around the world

At this point David’s voice wavered and he coughed as he composed himself.

He said: ‘This was the the night of the typhoon.

‘A day and a half later unfortunately Viana was found face down and unfortunately she had died. This was one of the most devastating stories I heard’.

Group shot: Also joining them were two members of the UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative, Noor Samee and Rodrigo Bustamante, as well as UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

Group shot: Also joining them were two members of the UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative, Noor Samee and Rodrigo Bustamante, as well as UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

Show of support: The former footballer has been a UNICEF Ambassador for 10 years and has launched his own initiative 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund

Show of support: The former footballer has been a UNICEF Ambassador for 10 years and has launched his own initiative 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund

Beckham gave his speech at the launch of Voices of Youth, a global community of youth bloggers giving young people the opportunity to learn about development issues.

He has been a UNICEF Ambassador for 10 years and has launched his own initiative 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund

In his speech David said: ‘I want a world where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty and preventable disease – don’t you?’

Celebratory launch: The event helped unveil the Voices of Youth, a global community of youth bloggers giving young people the opportunity to learn about development issues

Celebratory launch: The event helped unveil the Voices of Youth, a global community of youth bloggers giving young people the opportunity to learn about development issues

More casual: The soccer hero was also seen leaving his hotel on Thursday

More casual: The soccer hero was also seen leaving his hotel on Thursday

Haute in the city: The athlete wore a peach colored shirt and black jeans with high tops
Haute in the city: The athlete wore a peach colored shirt and black jeans with high tops

Haute in the city: The athlete wore a peach colored shirt and black jeans with high tops

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