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By UNICEF Australia
20 February 2017

One story. Two lives. 70 years apart | UNICEF

Ahmed and Harry were both forced to flee their homes as refugee children - one from World War II in Germany and one from today's Syria. They both escaped brutal violence and braved harrowing journeys in search of protection. 

Their emotional stories offer a simple, important reminder that behind the headlines of war and the politics of asylum are individual children who should be treated as just that. Not 'refugees' or 'migrants' or 'irregular maritime arrivals' - children are children first.

UNICEF was founded in the aftermath of World War II to help children like Harry and now, 70 years later, our work is more urgent than ever.

Nearly 50 million children like Ahmed have been uprooted from their homes and every one of them deserves our support and acceptance.

That's why UNICEF is delivering emergency supplies in Syria and giving children in refugee camps a chance to learn. 

It all begins with understanding. Please watch Ahmed and Harry's video and help us share it with the world.