You must watch Save The Children's emotional follow-up video showing the life of a child refugee


A harrowing campaign video which depicted the life of a young girl as her homeland became a war zone will have a sequel showing her efforts to flee.

The original film, produced by Save The Children, was watched online more than 50 million times.

It used one-second snapshots to tell the story of a girl - played by 13-year-old Lily-Rose Aslandogdu - when a fictional Britain is torn apart by conflict.

As local authorities gear up this week to take in thousands of child refugees, the charity has put out a follow-up to the first video.

This time the story focuses on the same girl's attempt to leave the UK and the perilous journeys often involved in trying to reach a safe haven. She is once again played by Lily-Rose, 13, from Harlow, Essex.

More than 325,000 children have crossed into Europe from the war-torn Middle East, according to figures from the United Nations Refugee Agency, while a further 340 have drowned since September last year.

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Save The Children's Tanya Steel said: "This video captures the terrible experiences of thousands of children every day, many undertaking horrific journeys that no one should ever have to endure. We wanted to bring home the reality of what it's like for those children, to capture the British public's attention."

"Lily's journey is like those of hundreds of thousands of other child refugees searching for a better life.

"This is a generation of children who have lost everything - their home, their education, their family and in some cases their lives. Save The Children is calling for more support for children fleeing these conflict zones. We want a new deal for refugees, to ensure every child gets an education, protection and a fair start in life."

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