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Alan Cumming visits refugees in Lebanon

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Alan Cumming visits refugees in Lebanon

Scottish actor Alan Cumming spent the weekend meeting with LGBT refugees during a "life-changing" trip to Lebanon.

The X2 star has been working with officials at the U.N. Refugee Agency to help raise awareness and support for the millions of people displaced by the war in Syria as part of their #WithRefugee campaign.

The openly-gay actor headed to Beirut for his first U.N. mission on Friday (02Sep16), and on Saturday (03Sep16), he greeted refugees being treated at a local hospital, supported by the United Nations, after listening to their tough tales of survival.

He also spent time comforting members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) refugee community, who opened up about their experiences of discrimination and persecution.

"At the end of one of the many unbearably heartbreaking stories of the violence, persecution and humiliation the Syrian refugees have escaped from, I threw my arms around a young woman who had just shared her world with me," Alan told People. "Our translator, a young Lebanese girl who was also in tears, asked me how she should translate a hug, so I hugged her too."

"This trip has been life-changing," he added. "We all have a duty to do more to assist the resettlement and care of these people and to stand #WithRefugees."

Cumming also documented his trip on Instagram, revealing he found it "hard to say goodbye" to child refugees he had befriended during his visit.

"These kids have spent all their lives in this settlement in Lebanon and the UNHCR (the UN's refugee agency) makes sure they have access to healthcare, education and basic needs. But as you can see these homes are not built to last and aren't water tight or insulated," he wrote, before urging fans to do their bit to help.

He continued, "Please donate to nobodyleftoutside.org to make sure my little chums are warm and safe this winter."

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