UNICEF is Helping Feed Malnourished Children Around the World
Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with UNICEF USA’s CEO and Director, Caryl Stern, about the plight of millions of displaced children around the globe, and the innovative program that is not only helping American kids get more active, but also helps feed malnourished children around the world.
"I've never been more scared in my whole life. I thought I was going to die. I thought about my family the whole time. We were waiting to know our fate. Well thankfully, they let us in. I am alive. I am one of the lucky ones. [music playing] So let's talk about immigrants, refugees. We're here with Caryl Stern, President and Chief Executive Officer of an extraordinary organization, UNICEF USA. What we just saw... Hmm, you know... Why is it so important for us to not just watch it, but think about it? You know, it hits home to me cause I am the child of a child immigrant, and my mom came to this country at the age of six, her brother was four, they came without their parents, it was the only way they could have their lives saved. So I grew up with that story. And I see their faces on every child, and today there are more kids on the move than there were in that post World War II period, more kids sleeping on rocks tonight, that should be in beds, and these are our children. They're not the, you know, Somalia's children, Syria's children, any place else's children, they're our children. And as we put up the UNICEF information for people to find out more and find a way they can help, what is our responsibility to those children? Our responsibility is to be the grownups. You know, World War II ended. We said never again. And I believe we meant never again for all people. And so it's our responsibility, again, not to look at the borders they happen to be born between. They don't get to pick where they're born. And to be the grownups like we are, and to ensure that every child on this Earth gets the opportunity to grow up and be whatever it is they're meant to be. In the midst of the rhetoric, the heightened, often nasty, dangerous rhetoric around those who come to this country and the refugees from certain countries, for certain reasons people believe the level of empathy, compassion, and caring about these children seems to be very different than it was just a few years ago. Am I wrong about that? I think for many, but you know... Most? Some, you know, you... first of all, at UNICEF we have no politics. We deal with kids, and kids are not making the political decisions, they are the victims of political decisions, and so... But if they come from...? Sorry for interrupting. If they come from certain countries, and certain political leaders in..."