“I feel very strongly that we are all responsible for the state of our world. Every child deserves a fair start to life.”
In 2015 and again in 2016, UNICEF UK Ambassador and actor Tom Hiddleston travelled to South Sudan and saw how the civil war and cholera outbreak destroyed the lives of vast numbers of children.
“Everyone I’ve met has experienced traumatic events that no one – least of all a child – should ever have to go through,” said Tom as he reflected on what he saw during the trip.
Tom meets baby Emmanuela
During one of his visits to a UNICEF-supported emergency feeding centre, Tom met baby Emannuela. Speaking to her mother, Regina, he learnt how they had been caught up in the fighting but managed to escape, travelling miles by foot to reach Wau Shilluk in the north east of the country.
15-month-old Emmanuela was suffering from severe malnutrition and desperately required medical attention. Eventually, she and her mother were able to get to the centre where Emmanuela received lifesaving treatment.
Emmanuela is one of many children across the country facing malnutrition due to the conflict. Since visiting South Sudan, Tom has helped to raise critical funds to ensure our teams can provide children and families with life-saving food across the east Africa region.
Tom in Guinea
In 2013, Tom met children and families in Guinea hearing their stories and seeing how we support them on the ground. He visited several of our projects, finding out about our work in child protection, education, water and sanitation, hunger and malnutrition.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF
Tom made his Soccer Aid for UNICEF debut in 2023, not only playing the full 90 minutes of the match but also leading a powerful half time moment showing the audience at home and the fans in the stadium the impact of UNICEF’s work.
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We are working tirelessly to protect children everywhere, and give them hope for a happy future. We’re in communities, including in the largest displacement camp in South Sudan, to provide education, life-saving food and family tracing and reunification support.
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