Eddie Izzard Visits Refugee Camp In Iraq

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July 10, 2013 | 11:16am EST

British actor Eddie Izzard has turned journalist to film a harrowing report on the Syria crisis for a leading U.K. TV news network.
The funnyman is a longtime supporter of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and he teamed up with the organization to visit the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq to record a piece for Sky News.
In the film, Izzard highlights the plight of youngsters and their families left homeless as a result of Syria’s civil war, which has been raging since March, 2011.
He explains, “I had heard about horrific conditions facing children in Syria and in neighbouring countries like Jordan and Lebanon, but the hardship faced by Syrian refugees in Iraq is an untold story. Every Syrian child has been touched by this conflict… The number of refugees pouring into Iraq from Syria has tripled over the past six months.
“For those who managed to escape Syria, life as a refugee remains incredibly difficult… Children are struggling to get access to clean water and vital schooling.”
Izzard has urged fans to donate to the organization, adding, “UNICEF has around only a third of the money it needs this year to get aid to children… who need it and desperately requires more funds to carry out its vital work. If we don’t act now, Syria’s children are at risk of becoming a lost generation.”