British actor Douglas Booth has been supporting UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, since 2015.
Douglas has highlighted the work of UNHCR in extensive media interviews and consistently helps shine a spotlight on the global refugee crisis via his social media channels. Douglas has supported key UNHCR fundraising events and campaigns including World Refugee Day, the #iBelong campaign to end statelessness, and the Nansen Refugee Award and has featured in several film projects including 'Words Matter' and 'What They Took With Them'.
In 2018, Douglas spoke on behalf of UNHCR at the OneYoungWorld Summit on the important role young people can play in advocating on refugee issues. Ahead of the first ever Global Refugee Forum Douglas highlighted the positive story of refugee activist, trainee pilot and UNHCR Supporter Maya Ghazal who is determined to the first female Syrian refugee pilot.
For World Refugee Day 2018, Douglas travelled to Sicily, Italy, with UNHCR to meet with survivors of the treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing as well as families resettled through safe and legal pathways. Whilst there, he sat on the judging panel of an uplifting and inspiring refugee talent competition held in Catania’s main square. Previously, Douglas had travelled with UNHCR to the Greek island of Lesvos to meet refugees who made the perilous journey across the Aegean to seek safety in Europe.
In 2016, Douglas visited our frontline work in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In newly built camps he met with Iraqi families who had recently been forced to flee Mosul. In Erbil, he met Syrian refugees and heard about the challenges of trying to survive and thrive in a new country having lost everything because of the conflict in Syria. Douglas posted photos and stories from his time in Iraq on Instagram, and also spoke about his experiences on various media and digital platforms, including the BBC.