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Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher donating $1 million for victims of Syrian conflict

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher, are donating $1 million to Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee to support victims of the conflict in Syria.

Part of the money will go toward vaccinations against potential measles outbreak in war-torn country

Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher, seen here at a 2013 awards ceremony, are donating $1 million to support victims of the conflict in Syria. (The Associated Press)

Actors Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher, are donating $1 million US to Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee to support victims of the conflict in Syria.

Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization, has announced that half of the sum will fund a program vaccinating more than 250,000 children against a potential measles outbreak in northern Syria.

The other half of the donation will go toward supporting families, with a special concern for women and children, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries. That money will go toward education, health care, shelter and sanitation, Save the Children said.

Cohen, 44, has starred in comedy films including Borat and The Dictator. Fisher, 39, appeared in Confessions of a Shopaholic and the Netflix comedy series Arrested Development.

Save the Children provides aid in developing nations and countries in conflict, with a focus on supporting children's rights. The International Rescue Committee responds to humanitarian crises around the world.

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