A social experiment showing a 6-year-old child actress dressed up as an abandoned impoverished girl had to be called off after passersby treated her incredibly poorly.
The girl walked through the streets of Georgia alone and people’s indifference and distaste toward her is bone chilling.
On the contrary, when dressed in clean, chic clothes, a large number of passersby approached the same girl asking if she needed help or was lost.
At one point, while dressed in tattered clothes, she is told by a man to “Go away.” It drove her to tears and led the producers to end the social experiment.
“Because my face was covered in soot and my clothes were all dirty,” she said. “This made me sad. They were all telling me to go away.”
The video was made to drive home the gravity of UNICEF’s annual report “The State of the World’s Children.”
“Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures — by fueling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.”