Baron-Cohen, Sacha   Syria  VACCINATION IS CHILD ABUSE  International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Sacha Baron Cohen donates 670,000 for Syria

 

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his Australian wife, Hollywood actress Isla Fisher, have donated 670,000 ($1m) to two charities.

The couple have given 335,000 to Save The Children to help vaccinate against measles in northern Syria.

They are giving the same amount to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), run by ex-UK foreign secretary David Miliband.

This will fund education, health care, shelter and sanitation for refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries.

Sacha Baron Cohen found fame in the late 1990s with his comic creation Ali G. He is also known for his satirical character Borat Sagdiyev, a Kazakh journalist.

More than 250,000 people have been killed since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and more than 11 million others have been forced from their homes.

'Desperate times'

Mr Miliband said those caught up in the conflict were "victims of terror".

He added: "Sacha and Isla's donation is a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the most vulnerable.

"I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and new year season."

Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, said Syria's health system had collapsed and deadly childhood diseases such as measles had returned, threatening the lives of many children.

"By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today," he said.

"These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture in Syria. The couple's donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children."