Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher donate $1m for Syrian refugees

The star couple are giving $500,000 to an NGO to fund measles vaccinations for children

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The star couple are giving $500,000 to an NGO to fund measles vaccinations for children. PHOTO: US MAGAZINE

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his actress wife Isla Fisher are donating $1 million (900,000 euros) to help Syrian refugees, the charities receiving the money announced Sunday.

The Borat star and Confessions of a Shopaholic actress are giving $500,000 to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria.

They are also donating the same amount to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries, particularly women and children, with health care, shelter and sanitation.

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More than four million refugees have fled conflict in Syria for the relative safety of the neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations.


Millions more have been forced to leave their homes for other parts of the country.

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children, said the money would "save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children".

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"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 added.

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David Miliband, the ex-British foreign secretary who is president of the IRC, called their gift a "great expression of humanity."


Dana Ely | 6 years ago | Reply He is an unlikable guy. He depends upon people's politeness to make a fool of them. He has made a career out of using comity, mother created comity, to fool and ridicule people. "Always be nice to strangers dear." Cohen's media persona is funny at first but then the nastiness wears on you. He has 100 million dollars but giving one million will not buy him good feelings. It is obvious he thinks he is smarter than everybody else but he is just using their initial impulse to trust strangers against unsuspecting people who were raised well by their Moms. Really the ' Ali G' character is a funny parody but then this guy takes nastiness to a new level.
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