Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher give $1M for Syrian refugees
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Celebrity couple Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher are pledging $1 million in aid for refugees displaced by Syria’s civil war.

The donation will be divided between Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee, according to Monday reports.


“[Their donation] is helping highlight the tragedy of the issue today,” said Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth in a statement. "[It] will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children."

David Miliband, IRC’s president and chief executive, also praised the couple’s contribution in a statement Sunday.

“[It is] a great expression of humanity, and a challenge to do more for the vulnerable,” he said, calling Syrian refugees “victims of terror.”

“I hope it is an example to many others seeking practical ways of making a difference during the Christmas and New Year season,” added Miliband, Britain’s former foreign secretary.

Cohen is a British comedian best known for his satirical roles in films including “Borat,” “Bruno” and “The Dictator.”

Fisher, meanwhile, is an Australian actress who has appeared in movies such as “The Wedding Crashers” and “The Great Gatsby." The pair married in 2010.

The Obama administration has pledged that it would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees within America’s borders by next year. The move is controversial given the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has vowed to exploit the crisis to perpetrate terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

The House recently approved stricter security measures for vetting Syrian refugees before they potentially enter the homeland. The Syrian civil war began in 2011 and is now widely blamed for one of the largest humanitarian struggles in modern history.