British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard was born in Yemen and this has been a particular focus of her support since 2011.
In 2020, as part of her fundraising marathon challenge where she ran 28 marathons in 28 European countries, Eddie visited Unicef’s supply division warehouse in Copenhagen – the largest humanitarian warehouse in the world.
Over the course of her marathon’s, Eddie raised £25,000 for Unicef UK’s important work with refugee and migrant children in Turkey.
This January, Eddie is running again – this time 31 marathons & performing 31 stand up gigs, in 31 countries (virtually), in 31 days… without ever leaving London. Eddie will also be talking to a number of Unicef staff and supporters along the way, so keep an eye out here
In 2017 Eddie travelled to Nepal to see how the donations you made after two earthquakes struck the country in 2015, are continuing to have a positive impact. She visited one of the 650 schools that have been rebuilt thanks to Unicef and learnt how teachers are being trained to prepare them for another disaster.
She also visited a shelter for trafficked women and children where he learnt how trafficking increases in emergencies like this. Unicef prevented cases of trafficking through border interventions then provided support to help these children rebuild their lives through education, training and psychological support.
In July 2015, Eddie travelled to Djibouti to meet child refugees who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of her birth.
On her visit, she met seven-year-old Jawaher and her family who braved the perilous boat journey across the Red Sea from Yemen to Djibouti.
“The harrowing stories for Yemenis, particularly those from Aden, the city of my birth, will stay with me forever,” said Eddie. “I have a responsibility to highlight the crisis to the world, and I hope I can persuade the UK public to heal the 10 million Yemeni children that are in danger right now.”
In 2013 she travelled to Iraq to report on the Syrian refugee crisis. She visited children and families living in the Domiz refugee camp and spoke out about the dangers that faced children there. We are one of the few agencies working inside Syria, as well as being there for refugee families in the surrounding countries like Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, reaching children and families with essential supplies including health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and child protection.
Eddie continues to support our campaigning and fundraising work for children in danger around the world.