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Sacha Baron Cohen And Isla Fisher Donate $1 Million To Syrian Refugees

The "Borat" actor and his wife made the donation Sunday.

"Borat" actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, have donated $1 million to help Syrian refugees, according to charity organization Save the Children

Cohen and Fisher will split their donation between Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee.  

"500,000 Dollars will be used to fund a programme vaccinating more than 250,000 children against a potential measles outbreak in Northern Syria," read a press release for the donation. "The other half of the donation will be used to help fund the work to support families, with a special concern for women and children, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries who are suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict. The money will go towards education, health care, shelter and sanitation." 

About 9 million Syrians have been displaced after Syria's civil war started in March 2011. It is estimated that about 3 million people are in refugee camps. Many refugees have made the dangerous trip to Europe by sea

"By allowing us to make their generous donation to Syrian children public, Sacha and Isla are helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today," said Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, in the press release. "These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture in Syria. The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children." 

Cohan and Fisher aren't the only celebrities working to help Syrian refugees. Last week, actress Susan Sarandon visited with refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos and shared her stories with The Huffington Post.

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