British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard became involved with Unicef UK in 2011 when he travelled to Kenya to film a documentary about the children’s emergency in East Africa.
Most recently Eddie has supported our Family Reunion Campaign to put pressure on the UK Government to change the rules that allow refugee children to reunite with their close family already living in the UK.
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. He 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.
He 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 his birth.
On his visit, he 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 he travelled to Iraq to report on the Syrian refugee crisis. He 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.