In 430 BC, the 11-year-old ancient Myrtis − a victim to the great plague of Athens, just like Pericles, could not imagine that after 2,500 years, she would take part in the global effort against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Regional Information Center official statement.

Myrtis stars in a video animation asking us to listen to the experts and strictly follow the hygiene rules.

In this short video, Myrtis, whose face was restored in 2010 by Professor Manolis Papagrigorakis’ team, reminds us that life and our loved ones, are the most precious gifts, that together we can defeat the pandemic and we can create a better world for all, without any exceptions.

The little girl who played at the foot of the Acropolis and was looked at the Parthenon, began her second journey in the world in 2010 when she was presented at the Acropolis Museum. In the same year, her collaboration with the United Nations began, where she was dubbed the “Friend of the Millennium Development Goals” by the UN, along with other international figures such as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Irish President Mary Robinson and activist Bianca Jagger.

In this capacity, she sends a message to the world’s leaders asking them to save the lives of millions of children who die from diseases like the one that killed her, diseases that can be prevented and cured in our time.