"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
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.
Not only did
George and his human rights lawyer wife lend an ear, but they also shared
personal struggles that their own families endured.
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.
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."
A-lister Angelina Jolie also raised awareness on
Tuesday’s five-year anniversary by visiting and speaking at a Syrian refugee
camp in Lebanon.