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Tom Hiddleston ‘heartbroken’ by plight of South Sudan children

Tom Hiddleston has spoken of his “heartbreak” over the conflict in South Sudan following a visit to the country as it enters its fourth year of a bitter civil war.

On his second trip to the African nation since February 2015, the British actor met children who had become separated from their families in a displacement camp run by Unicef.

“Everyone I’ve met has experienced traumatic events that no-one – least of all a child – should ever have to go through,” said Hiddleston, who is an ambassador for the United Nations agency.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that after three years, innocent children are still bearing the brunt of the conflict,” he added.

Since war broke out in December 2013 1.5 million children have been forced to flee their homes, according to Unicef.

Picture: Unicef UK ambassador Tom Hiddleston meeting children at the POC (Protection of Civilians) camp in Juba, South Sudan, as he has spoken of his “heartbreak” following a visit to the country as it enters its fourth year of a bitter civil war. (PA Photo).