Refugeespotting: Ewan McGregor visits displaced children in Northern Iraq

Published August 2nd, 2016 - 12:41 GMT
The Hollywood actor said that more than 3.6 million children are at risk, adding that tens of thousands of children have been killed in Iraq and Syria. (http://actorwallpapers.net)
The Hollywood actor said that more than 3.6 million children are at risk, adding that tens of thousands of children have been killed in Iraq and Syria. (http://actorwallpapers.net)

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor addressed on Tuesday the issue of refugee children in Iraq by calling on greater efforts to be made towards helping them, warning that they're at a great risk of death, sexual violence or recruitment into armed groups.

This comes after Ewan visited Iraq as an ambassador for the United Nation's children's agency UNICEF, where he stressed that the situation in Iraq was becoming "increasingly desperate."

The Hollywood actor said that more than 3.6 million children are at risk, adding that tens of thousands of children have been killed in Iraq and Syria. 

"Many of the children I've met in Iraq have been forced to flee their homes, risking their lives on dangerous journeys and have been exposed to unimaginable horrors," McGregor said in a statement.

Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, 4.8 million Syrians are estimated to have fled their country to Europe and neighboring countries, including Iraq. 

Meanwhile, more than four million people in Iraq have been forced from their homes according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

During his visit to Northern Iraq last week, the "Moulin Rouge" actor visited the Debaga camp where he spent time with Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi families around Erbil.

"He described meeting a girl called Mirna who told him that her family had slept in a disused, half-built shopping mall for a year, living off food and supplies from the local community," reported Reuters.

"This act of humanity should be replicated everywhere," said the actor and father-of-four children.

"The world is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis and we must do more to protect the extraordinary number of children who have been torn from their homes by violent conflict."

"McGregor was first introduced to UNICEF in 2004 during his British television series "Long Way Round" when he travelled by motorbike around 12 countries which included visiting various children's projects in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Mongolia," writes Reuters.


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