Tom Hiddleston

Unicef UK Ambassador

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British actor Tom Hiddleston has been a Unicef UK Ambassador since 2015 and most recently travelled to South Sudan to see the impact of the civil conflict on vulnerable children.

Mid-December 2016 marked three years of conflict in South Sudan. This was his second visit to the country and he saw how conditions remain as fragile and severe as ever. “Everyone I’ve met has experienced traumatic events that no one – least of all a child – should ever have to go through,” he said. “It’s heart-breaking to see that after three years, innocent children are still bearing the brunt of the conflict.”

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Niema, 3, sits on the ground while her mother washes clothes in a Protection of Civilians Site in South Sudan. Unicef/2016/Ohanesian

As part of his work with Unicef, Tom participated in the Live Below the Line challenge, during which he lived on just £1 a day of food and drink, highlighting how little nutrients so many millions of children depend on, and how this can lead to malnutrition. Watch what Tom had to say about the challenge.

In 2013, Tom spent time with children and families in Guinea hearing their stories and seeing how Unicef supports them on the ground. He visited several Unicef projects, finding out about our work in child protection, education, water and sanitation, hunger and malnutrition.

You can also follow Tom on Twitter at @twhiddleston.