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How different is the story of someone fleeing Syria to that of a World War II refugee?

Harry and Ahmed tell their stories to Unicef.


DESPITE BEING FROM very different times, Harry and Ahmed both have similar stories.

Adhmed, aged 12, fled to Sweden from his home in Damascus in the midst of the Syrian Civil War.

Harry, who is now 92 years old, was also a child refugee. He fled from Berlin, Germany, in the midst of World War II, and has lived in the United Kingdom ever since.

Unicef brought the two together as part of this short film, aiming to present “a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face”.

Unicef Director Paloma Escudero said: “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Now, more than ever, they need our support.”

We hope that this video will serve as a reminder that behind the headlines are the stories of individual children. Not refugees, not migrants, but children, whose only dream is safety, and the chance of a brighter future.

Video courtesy of UNICEF, created with 180 Amsterdam

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