VIDEO: Cate Blanchett visits Syrian refugee camps for World Refugee Day

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jun 2015

Australian actress Cate Blanchett visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon with UNHCR for World Refugee Day

Cate Blanchett and Ahmad
(Photo: Still from video)

Cate Blanchett completed a trip to Lebanon with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to visit Syrian refugee camps in the country, Blanchett’s official website said.

The award-winning actress'  trip comes ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Blanchett visited the Mazboud Community Centre where she met fourteen-year-old Syrian refugee Ahmed.

Ahmad, who left Syria as a younger schoolboy, came to Lebanon to work in multiple jobs before joining his uncle at his bakery shop, making and selling pastries.

During her stay, Blanchett attended a theatre performance put together by Ahmad and other young Syrian refugees.

The performance tackled the issue of early marriage in the Syrian refugee community.

Blanchett's website features a short video that documents the actress' trip. The video includes scenes of Ahmad telling his story, snippets of the theatre performance, and Blanchett addressing the plight of Syrian refugees.

Cate Blanchett gets to know Ahmad for World Refugee Day 2015


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