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'When it rains the children freak out because they think it's another typhoon' - actress Evanna Lynch

Irish actress Evanna Lynch travelled to the Philippines with Unicef Ireland to see the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

IRISH ACTRESS EVANNA Lynch has returned to Dublin after a trip to the Philippines.

The Harry Potter star went to the city of Tacloban which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November.

Evanna went with UNICEF Ireland to launch a new campaign to raise the voices of children in emergencies.

Homes, schools, hospitals, public water systems and the vaccination cold chain have now been repaired or rebuilt thanks to donations from Ireland and all over the world.

Speaking about her trip Evanna said:

“Everywhere you go there’s the sound of building and people reconstructing things. It’s just so amazing to see how strong the human spirit is.

Despite them having nothing, despite everything being wiped away and going back to basics. They still have so much hope.

More than a third of children in Tacloban were living in poverty before the typhoon devastated their homes and communities.

Evanna visited severely malnourished children recovering in hospital and immunised newborn babies to protect them from preventable diseases.

“Children definitely need more help in emergency situations…some parents were talking about rain here.

When it rains the children freak out because they think it’s another typhoon.

“Unicef cares for every part of children’s needs, their health needs and education needs but also they’re aware that they need emotional support…I think that is more important than we ever realised”.

To see Evanna in action on her trip with UNICEF Ireland and the EU go to childrensvoices.ie.

'When it rains the children freak out because they think it's another typhoon' - actress Evanna Lynch
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