Martin Bell OBE

UNICEF UK Ambassador

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Martin Bell is a former BBC war correspondent and independent MP. He has been a UNICEF UK Ambassador for over 16 years.

During his time at UNICEF, Martin has highlighted the plight of children affected by conflict and natural disasters in Afghanistan, DRC, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan and Yemen.

In March 2017, he travelled to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to see how Syrian children were trying to rebuild their lives, with UNICEF’s help.

Martin Bell meets Syrian children rebuilding their lives in Lebanon, March 2017

Millions of Syrian children have known nothing but war, death and destruction their entire lives.

As the war drags on, families are taking extreme measures just to survive, often pushing children into early marriage and child labour.

Martin Bell OBE, UNICEF UK Ambassador

In 2011, Martin travelled to South Sudan on the eve of its independence to draw attention to the ongoing effects of the conflict on children.

In 2016 he supported our work on education in emergencies and wrote a personal account of his experiences in the field for The Guardian.

Martin continues to support UNICEF UK’s work in emergencies, attending and hosting events to promote the needs of children around the world.

Martin Bell visits South Sudan with Mia Farrow in 2011

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