In this short film, Ewan McGregor, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Bunton, Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah join UNICEF UK in support of our Syria Winter Appeal for the children of Syria.
Donate to our Syria Winter Appeal
Text WARM to 70111 to donate £3 to UNICEF UK’s Syria Winter Appeal, or you can also donate by credit card (including from outside the UK). The UK government will match pound for pound any donation made to UNICEF’s Syria Winter Appeal.
Right now close to six million Syrian children, including more than one million refugees, are in urgent need of aid. They’re living in desperate conditions and face a bitter few months ahead, when temperatures can fall as low as minus six degrees Celsius. This past January brought the coldest temperatures in more than a decade and UNICEF is very concerned that exposure to these cold and wet conditions could be deadly.
UNICEF is working around the clock in Syria and the surrounding countries to provide children with warm blankets, clothing and medical care. But our resources are at breaking point. We desperately need more funding to ensure that we can reach every child in the region that needs us.
About the film
We spoke to Ewan, Rita and Michael about their work on the video:
Ewan McGregor: My heart truly goes out to the millions of Syrian children who have lost everything: their families, friends and homes. Facing a third year in a freezing cold camp is no place anyone should call home, let alone a child. I worry that the world is starting to shut its eyes to the Syrian crisis.
Rita Ora: When filming the video I kept thinking of Pristina, my home town in Kosovo. The city has seen its fair share of trouble but thankfully that’s over. Right now though, children in Syria are suffering unspeakable violence, often fleeing their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. Your donation could help UNICEF buy life-saving winter essentials to help bring children in from the cold.
Michael Sheen: Last month I travelled to Lebanon with UNICEF and met Syrian children struggling to cope in desperate circumstances. As the bitter winter closes in, they are being pushed to the edge of their physical and psychological endurance. No child should be living like this. UNICEF is working to bring children in from the cold this winter, providing basics like warm clothes and blankets as well as working long term to get children back into school so they can rebuild their lives.
Text WARM to 70111 to donate £3 to UNICEF UK’s Syria Winter Appeal, or you can also donate by credit card. Thank you.