Michael Sheen film to show plight of Syrian refugees

South Wales Argus: APPEAL: Michael Sheen travelled to Lebanon with UNICEF APPEAL: Michael Sheen travelled to Lebanon with UNICEF

NEWPORT-born actor Michael Sheen has spoken of his concern for Syrian children in refugee camps after he visited them with the charity UNICEF.

And Mr Sheen features in a short film, No Place Like Home, which the charity has produced to further inform the UK public of the Syria crisis and is released today.

He is joined by fellow actors Tom Hiddleston and Ewan McGregor and musicians Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah and Emma Bunton in the film.

Nearly six million Syrian children are in camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and North Africa where temperatures can fall as low as minus six degree Celsius, the charity said.

Mr Sheen said: "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”

The Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF UK, Anita Tiessen, said: “There is increasing concern for Syrian children caught in the conflict and cut off from supplies. We urgently need to be able to reach every child in Syria. Unless we act now, this generation may be lost forever – with profound long-term consequences for Syria, the region, and beyond.”

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