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Watch: What have these child refugees 80 years apart got in common?

They were born on different continents more than three quarters of a century apart but are united by one common thread – escaping war.

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Watch: What have these child refugees 80 years apart got in common?

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They were born on different continents more than three quarters of a century apart but are united by one common thread – escaping war.

A powerful new film from UNICEF tells the stories of two child refugees: Harry, now 92, who fled Nazi Germany and Ahmed, 12, who escaped Syria’s civil war.

The tales, told alongside each other, recount fleeing bomb-hit home countries, painful goodbyes and dangerous journeys to safety.

Harry found sanctuary in the United Kingdom and Ahmed in Sweden.

UNICEF says its film is a “stark illustration of the challenges refugee children continue to face”.



Paloma Escudero, UNICEF director, said: “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Now, more than ever, they need our support. We hope that this video will serve as a reminder that behind the headlines are the stories of individual children. Not refugees, not migrants, but children, whose only dream is safety, and the chance of a brighter future.”