Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams has visited a Syrian refugee camp in Lebonon to raise awareness of the conditions children and their families are living in after escaping their war-torn country.
The Rugby cross-code star, who is a Muslim convert, visited a temporary settlement in Faida, Bekaa Valley as an ambassador for Unicef.
The Auckland native who helped New Zealand a second straight World Cup title in October, said: “You know, they went to school, they had lives, they had houses, they were normal people just like us and then all of a sudden, a year to four-year time frame, they got nothing and they’re struggling to survive. So you know they, I said to them what do they see for their future? They said they just want to survive. It’s so sad man.”
More than four million Syrians have fled their homes since the conflict began five years ago, of which just over one million of those people escaped to neighbouring Lebanon.
Making new friends in Faida-Bekaa may the most high protect and bless them 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/MAdCAPtO07— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) December 7, 2015