Over 3 million Syrians have now fled across international borders to escape the war that rages on into its fourth year. 3 million Syrian refugees. A further 6.5 million are displaced inside Syria. Over half are children.
In May 2014, author Neil Gaiman and fashion designer Georgina Chapman spent time with Syrian refugees in Jordan gathering first hand testimony and seeing UNHCR’s frontline work. The stories, photos and videos they collected form the basis of a series of communication, fundraising and advocacy initiatives that seek to build support, empathy and understanding of the Syrian refugee crisis.
We will continue to update this page with content and news about Neil and Georgina’s work for UNHCR. Please check back in – your support is deeply appreciated.
Watch Neil’s CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour
Georgina Chapman’s husband, film producer Harvey Weinstein, joined Georgina and Neil for part of their mission to Jordan. He wrote about his experience for Vanity Fair.
Neil’s BBC World Service interview
Neil Gaiman is the internationally acclaimed author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. Some of his most notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Neil has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
Georgina Chapman is a fashion designer, actress, and former model. She co-founded the international fashion and lifestyle brand Marchesa, where she is designer and creative director. In addition to her design career, Georgina’s film credits include Awake, The Nanny Diaries, Factory Girl and Match Point. Georgina has served as a judge for all three seasons of Project Runway: All Stars, and made her directorial debut as one of five creative icons chosen to direct a film inspired by user-submitted photos, and written by Neil Gaiman, for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n campaign and film festival.
Syria Crisis Stories
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, to meet 11 year old Hala and her five siblings who arrived as orphans from Syria's war.
Iman and her family were displaced four times inside Syria, fleeing from village to village to escape deadly attacks, before finally seeking refuge in Lebanon.
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