Actor Ewan McGregor will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award at the British Academy Britannia Awards in California next month.
The 45-year-old Trainspotting star will be feted on October 28 by organisers at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles for “using the art form of the moving image... to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles Kieran Breen said.
“Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honour.”
In July, the actor travelled to the Debaga camp in northern Iraq to meet children and families displaced by conflict in the country and nearby Syria, and he became emotional as he recalled what he saw to ITV News.
#Repost @unicef_uk with @repostapp ・・・ "If you were in their place and foreigners came to your country, you’d ask why?" Remember Mustafa? A year ago we shared the story about his dangerous journey through #Europe after fleeing conflict in #Syria. Head over to our Facebook page to see how he is doing a year after we first met him. #RefugeeCrisis #Children Uprooted #throwback #hope #inspiration #unicef #cars #pixar #tent Photo: Unicef UNI197053 2015 Romenzi
McGregor, a UK ambassador for United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), called the experience “mind-bending” and admitted he had “never felt more confused and upset” meeting families who had lost their homes and possessions, but were still positive because they had each other.
The Scottish star, who played sports with the kids and helped deliver supplies, posted a picture of the tents on Instagram and revealed he had witnessed a dead body, covered by a blanket, being driven away on a pickup truck as he filmed a video for UNICEF.
There is a piece on @ITVNews at 1:30pm today about my recent trip to #Iraq with @Unicef_UK I met with families whose lives have been torn apart by conflicts across Iraq and #Syria. During the visit, I met children who’ve been forced to flee their homes and make the most dangerous journeys, often without their parents, to find safety. These children are in terrible danger and they have no idea what their futures hold. Pic by Siegfried Modola
Previous recipients of the Britannia Humanitarian Award include Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo, and Orlando Bloom.
As we shot our last piece for UNICEF this morning in an IDP camp a pickup drove by with a body under a blanket. The sound of wailing from a nearby tent. For this soul the fight was over. Their last days spent beneath white and blue tarpaulin. In this horrible time of chaos and uncertainty please remember that refugees are human beings who have had to flee from horrendous violence, people who have lost everything. Let's make sure we treat them fairly.
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