Liu Takes Cameras To Tell Pakistan Horror Story
CHARLIE'S ANGELS star and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) ambassador Lucy Liu has taken a camera crew to Balakot, Pakistan to film the devastation of October's 7.6 earthquake, which reduced the peaceful town to rubble. More than 70,000 people died in the quake, which lasted just seconds, and left four million homeless. Dressed respectfully in local dress, the actress spent days getting to the destroyed city in the shadow of the Himalayas, so she could take the footage back to America in a bid to raise funds and international help for the people of Balakot. As she toured the streets, she reported, "It looks like a pit of just like rubble - just a deep hole in the ground with just broken up homes that have just been thrown into one pile. "There's a smell of smoke in the air as well as death... It doesn't smell quite right. "I feel completely overwhelmed because the situation seems so hopeless. I think it's difficult for people to talk about their loss." Liu also interviewed locals who lost everything in the earthquake, admitting she was heartbroken by what she saw. She also visited a mass grave that contained 42 students. The actress debuted the footage on Oprah Winfrey's talk show yesterday (01MAR06), adding, "You almost feel helpless because you want to fix everything and what you have to realise is you're there to act as a conduit and try to understand what is happening and sort of bring that back."