9 July 2013

UNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard has been reporting live from Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq, where he's warned of a hidden crisis for Syrian refugees in the country.

The camp was originally designed for 15,000 but is now home to 45,000 people. This number continues to grow as families flee the conflict in Syria.

Eddie's video diary from Iraq

"Syrian children across the region have lost everything," Eddie said, speaking from Domiz camp. "I've heard refugee children in Iraq tell how they fled horrific violence and how they lost loved ones, their homes and their schools. They arrived here with only their clothes on their back. The plight of refugee children in Iraq has so far been a hidden and unreported crisis, but it desperately needs attention."

Among the children Eddie met was 10-year-old Muhammed. He was driven from Damascus by fighting and lived on the streets with his mother and three brothers and sisters before fleeing to Iraq. Now Muhammed is out of school and doesn't have enough clean water to drink. 

UNICEF continues to deliver essential aid to children both in Syria and the surrounding countries. However, we urgently need more funds to help bridge the funding gap.

 
Eddie meets 10-year-old Mohammed and his sister at Domiz camp. The family fled fighting in Damascus and are now struggling in the searing heat in Iraq. © UNICEF
Eddie meets 10-year-old Mohammed and his sister at Domiz camp. The family fled fighting in Damascus and are now struggling in the searing heat in Iraq.© UNICEF