David Tennant Supports UNHCR's 'The Most Important Thing' Campaign

David Tennant has leant his support to 'The Most Important Thing', a campaign launched by UNCHR, the UN Refugee Agency, to highlight the plight of those forced to flee their homes. 

World Refugee Week runs from Monday 17th - Sunday 24th June, and World Refugee Day is June 20th. Inspired by the original project of the same name by photographer Brian Sokol, UNHCR asked celebrities and members of the public to contemplate what one thing they would take with them if they had just one minute to flee their home, and then shared their answers via their Pinterest page. They have interspersed the responses with accounts from real life refugees who tell about the few poignant and important objects that they were able to rescue from their former lives as they were forced to leave. 

David Tennant's choice was a photograph of his family. Other celebrities include writer Neil Gaiman, who similarly chose a photo of his children, singer Paula Abdul, who would bring her dogs and actress Romola Garai, who would take a tin full of family momentos. 

Among the refugees' stories, Breshna and her family tell how they brought with them a handful of earth from their homeland of Afghanistan while Har Seen Nar fled her home with what she was holding at the time - a collection of cooking pots.

Visit the UNHCR The Most Important Thing Pinterest page to read more accounts

You too can get involved by uploading your own picture and sharing your Most Important Thing and also by donating to help the charity supply emergency kits to families in crisis.

Each day, war and conflict force families – mothers, fathers and children – to flee their homes, their lives torn apart, leaving people traumatised.
Many children will have seen and experienced things that no child ever should.

In 1 minute a family can lose everything...
In 1 minute a child can lose her parents...
In 1 minute a home can be destroyed...

These refugees need urgent life-saving help.

Take 1 minute to support a family forced to flee

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UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives. With your support, we can restore hope for many more.

To learn more please visit the UNHCR website

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