UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor holds hand with a young child while on a trip to Northern Iraq, which took place last week.
Conflict across Syria and Iraq has resulted in children being killed, injured, separated from families, and more as the situations intensify.
“Children uprooted by conflict can find themselves alone, without family and in grave danger. No child should be alone. 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,” Ewan said in a statement. “One girl I met called Mirna told me how her family slept in a disused, half-constructed shopping mall for over a year. The community donated food, clothes and supplies to her family and really came together to welcome displaced people. This act of humanity should be replicated everywhere, especially on our own doorsteps. It’s up to us to tell our friends, our neighbors and our governments that refugees are welcome.”