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Carey Mulligan, Rita Ora and Glee's Dianna Agron lend their support to Syrian refugees

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A host of famous faces have shown their support for Syrian refugees by starring in a new video released by charity War Child. Carey Mulligan, Rita Ora, Jack Whitehall and Glee star Dianna Agron take it in turns to read out a poem written by a Syrian teenager, while images from the five-year conflict flash across the screen.

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Fifteen-year-old Omar, who penned the heart-breaking poem, fled from Syria with his family.

The young refugee now lives in Jordan and it was there that Suffragette actress Carey had the honour of meeting Omar during her visit as a global ambassador for War Child.

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Carey Mulligan is a global ambassador for War Child

Take Me To Church singer Hozier reads the first lines of the poem in the video, which sees the conflict from a child's point of view.

Carey then speaks Omar's words, followed by American actress and Glee star Dianna. British actor and comedian Jack lends his voice with solemnity along with X Factor judge Rita and Brit Award Critic's Choice Jack Garrett. The closing lines are shared by Mumford and Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford.

The video urges viewers to sign a petition that calls for the UK government to do more to help protect children affected by conflict. Across the Middle East, there are more than 4,750,000 Syrians registered as refugees.

"Our hearts are broken" - a refugee's poem

The video urges viewers to sign a War Child petition

"It's been five years since many families were forced to leave their homes and the situation is still not improving for most," said Rob Williams OBE, CEO War Child UK.

"We're really grateful for the fantastic support we have from Carey as our global ambassador and I would like to thank all the other artists, actors and musicians who have got involved to lend their time with this video.

"The situation for children like Omar in the Middle East is not easy. These are children who have been through trauma and then are denied access to educations and livelihoods. We need for the international community and British government to do more to protect children affected by conflict."

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