Dr. Avnish Jolly:UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan inspired young people in Timor-Leste with a special message about using martial arts as a peaceful, unifying force.
Jackie’s visit has been an inspiration to many kids here. I can see their eyes and faces light up as he waves, gives high fives and reaches out to them with his charismatic style,” said the UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste Jun Kukita.
“UNICEF is committed to working with Timor-Leste’s government to fulfil the rights of young people and to make sure they have the opportunity to learn, develop practical skills and play an active role in the development of the country,” he added.
Mr. Chan, who became famous for his kung fu films, met thousands of young people on his visit and listened to their concerns and hopes for the future, while delivering a message of discipline, respect and unity.
He also attended a dinner hosted by President Jose-Ramos Horta, met Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and was briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary General for Timor-Leste Atul Khare.
Minister Miguel Manetelu thanked Mr. Chan for visiting. “We hope that all the young people here will remember your words,” he said. “We must make peace last in this country.”