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Sunday 21 July 2019

Watch: Stars including Gillen and Tubridy lend their voices to the cause of Syrian refugees

Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Actor Aidan Gillen has appeared in a moving video which aims to raise funds for charities helping Syrian refugees.

The Love/Hate star voices the heartbreaking story of dad Abdullah Kurdi, whose sons Aylan (3) and Galip (5) and his wife Rehan (35) drowned after the boat that was bringing them to Greece capsized in high seas.

Aidan Gillen and Ryan Tubridy appear in new videos
Aidan Gillen and Ryan Tubridy appear in new videos

Images of water lapping at the lifeless body of little Aylan on September 2 sparked an international response.

Three other videos were also recorded, by Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy, TV3 news anchor and Herald columnist Colette Fitzpatrick, and leading economist David McWilliams - each telling the story of a different refugee.

The project was driven by a Dublin-based producer and director Niamh Sammon. She said that it came to fruition very quickly.

"The idea was to give a voice to the millions of Syrian refugees who have been displaced from their homes, who are in refugee camps, who are trying to make it to Europe," she said.

"The idea was to get well-known people to voice their stories, in the hope that people would relate more to the stories.

"Each of the pieces are about a minute each. My focus was on Syrian refugees as 11 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes since 2011," she said.

In his piece, Ryan Tubridy tells the story of a father called Raed.

Niamh said that she got in touch with the charities before embarking on the project and they really liked the idea.

"Essentially, these are appeals for people to help provide humanitarian assistance," she said.

Niamh said that she approached Stuart Carolan, the writer and creator of Love/Hate, and he made contact with Aidan Gillen for her.

"Within the hour Aidan had agreed to come along and film a piece. He was just so generous with his time, because he is extremely busy at the moment," she said.

"They were all fantastic and so willing to help."

"Hopefully people will feel motivated to go to the Goal and Unicef websites, as details appear at the end of each of the videos.

"It was a team effort with around 10 people working on putting it together. Everybody who worked on the videos gave their services for free."

Photographer and film maker Perry Ogden shot the videos.

Meanwhile, post-production houses Windmill Lane and Courtyard Studios provided their facilities.

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