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Popstar Cody Simpson donates Twitter feed to Syrian refugee as part of UN's #ShareHumanity social media push


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

August 14, 2015 | 7 min read

Australian musician Cody Simpson has granted a Syrian refugee access to his Twitter account to tell his harrowing tale of escape from the war-torn region as part of a UN social media scheme.

The 18-year-old who boasts 7.52m followers gave Thair Orfahli the chance to discuss his escape from Syria which led him on a journey through Lebanon, Egypt, Italy and finally Germany.

The move came as part of the UN’s #ShareHumanity scheme which encourages Twitter celebs with sizable followings (including Jet Li, Richard Branson and Brazilian footballer Kaká) to share real stories of human suffering.

Below are some of Orfali's tweets.

Calling on social media users to get involved, Stephen O’Brien, UN humanitarian chief, said: "We’re calling on the young and digitally-connected to help us push out these compelling stories and give a voice to the voiceless.

“Young people often ask me what they can do to help and I believe we have a shared responsibility to raise awareness and help to inspire humanity on these global issues.”

Catch the full story on Simpson’s Twitter feed @CodySimpson.

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