In Chad, West Africa, one in five children will die before their fifth birthday, mainly from a disease that could have been prevented by a simple life-saving vaccine.
Actor Keira Knightley visited the country to see UNICEF’s vital immunisation work for children. She also spent time with Idris and his family.
When Idris was only a year old he contracted polio, which paralysed him from the waist down.
He has learnt to get around by pulling himself along the ground, and his mum and dad have made him a stand for him to practise holding himself up.
But all he wants to do is play outside with the other children. When asked, the other children say that they aren’t friends with him.
Idris’s parents are doing all they can to help give Idris hope for the future, but children like Idris shouldn’t have to suffer like this.
Just £5 could protect 13 children like Idris from polio. Just £20 could vaccinate two children against two killer diseases.
Keira Knightley recently visited Chad ahead of Sunday’s Soccer Aid match to see our work for children in the country. Go to UNICEF UK’s webste and read Keira’s exclusive diary from the trip.