George and Amal Clooney Meet With Syrian Refugees, Listen to Their Stories in Touching Video

by Rachel Maresca 12:07 PM PDT, March 15, 2016
Playing George and Amal Clooney Meet With Syrian Refugees, Listen to Their Stories in Touching Video

George and Amal Clooney are shining a spotlight on the refugee crisis in Syria.

The power couple is featured in a touching video posted on the International Rescue Committee's Facebook page, where they can be seen sitting down with three Syrian refugee families to hear their stories in Berlin.

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"You forget that these aren't just people who just left their country for no reason at all. These are people who have left there because of a terrible tragedy," George says in the clip, which was taped back in February, but shared on the fifth anniversary of the Syria conflict on Tuesday.

"It's very hard to dismiss a young child sitting on the ground crying when her mother is telling the story about how she left," the 54-year-old actor points out. "How she grabbed her daughter and sat on the ground and said, 'If I die, we want to die by a bullet, because it would be quicker.'"

Amal and George Clooney talk to Syrian families in Berlin

Today, on the 5th anniversary of the Syria conflict, we share a message of hope stemming from a recent meeting with George Clooney and Amal Clooney and three Syrian refugee families now safe in Germany. The families shared with the Clooney's the terror of fleeing war-ravaged Syria and their hopes for a better future. In turn, George also shared his family's history of flourishing in America after fleeing Ireland, and Amal her family's history of leaving war-torn Lebanon for the United Kingdom. We're honored to have organized this meeting. Share this video if you stand #withSyria, IRC, George, and Amal in making #RefugeesWelcome-- wherever they are.

Posted by International Rescue Committee on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Not only did George and his human rights lawyer wife lend an ear, but they also shared personal struggles that their own families endured.

"I'm of Irish decent, and in America 100 years ago, we were refugees, my family. Irish were treated terribly in America for a period of time and not accepted," George shares while addressing the group.

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"My own family is from Lebanon and they also ran away from a war, and were lucky enough to be accepted by a European country in 1982 when the violence there was really bad," Amal, 38, reveals. "I hope that, as you say, you will be able to go back to a safe and free Syria."

Fellow A-lister Angelina Jolie also raised awareness on Tuesday's five-year anniversary by visiting and speaking at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.

Recently George gushed about his wife Amal to ET and shared what it is like to have her by his side.