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January 16th, 2014
02:59 PM ET

Web exclusive: Actor Ewan McGregor: We need to do more for Syrian children

(CNN) - Actor Ewan McGregor is working as an ambassador with UNICEF, raising money and awareness for children affected by the war in Syria.

"There are, you know, over two million children who have been displaced from the country, there's children in need inside the country, UNICEF are inside Syria as well as in all the neighboring countries," said McGregor.

The "August: Osage County" actor said his job as an ambassador is to bring attention to the troubling situation, and spur people to donate to UNICEF who can then "help these children, so that there's not a lost generation there."

One of UNICEF's standard responses in emergencies is to provide kits called "School-in-a-Box."

"You open it up and there's everything that the kids need to have at least some kind of education – there's chalk, and boards, and books, and toys," said McGregor. "Simple things like that can make a massive difference to children who are in these terrible situations."

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