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Actor Orlando Bloom played games and spoke with children whose school had been destroyed by shellfi...

Orlando Bloom chats and plays table tennis with schoolchildren as he visits war-hit Ukraine as Unicef ambassador

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Actor Orlando Bloom played games and spoke with children whose school had been destroyed by shellfire as he visited eastern Ukraine with Unicef.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN children’s organisation, made the trip last week to the war-scarred Donetsk region of the country, which became the frontline of the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in 2014.

The father-of-one, 39, visited one classroom just two miles from the war-zone which had been hit by shells while the students were at school, and spoke with children who are now receiving counselling from Unicef-supported psychologists.

He said: “I met children like 11-year-old Liana who hid in the basement of their school for almost two weeks, in freezing conditions, without lighting or heat, while shelling devastated the classrooms above.

“Now, after surviving some of the most terrifying experiences life could possibly throw at them, all they want is to get back to the safety and routine of school and plan for their futures.”

He continued: “Education is providing children in eastern Ukraine with the building blocks to rebuild their lives in a safe and supportive environment.

“Every child in humanitarian emergencies deserves a fair chance of a bright future.”

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