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Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal took a break from shooting his latest film in Jordan to visit a group of refugees and called on Syrian authorities to put an end to the ongoing conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people.
Bernal is an international ambassador for Oxfam. The organization released a statement in which it pointed out that the actor took time out from shooting the film "Rosewater" to visit families that were living in the outskirts of Haman, the Jordanian capital.
During the visit, Bernal urged world leaders to urgently find a solution to the Syrian crisis. "For more than two and half years, Syrian citizens have been forced to flee their country, where an average of at least 5,000 people are dying each month," the actor said.
García Bernal said he met families that were either living in rented houses, huddled in tents or in informal settlements and who are currently struggling to make ends meet.
"Aid is vital for these people. Despite the promises of the international community, what has been given is not enough, and what is even more important, the people I've met want to find peace. They want to return home and rebuild their future," he added.
"It's time to put more money where we say we're going to put it in order to help these people whose only dream is to return to their life and to their country," Garcia Bernal concluded.
The actor also visited a community of over one hundred Syrian families living in tents on a farm in the suburbs of Amman, where Oxfam provides cash assistance so that they can buy basic supplies and food as well as have access to water.
According to the NGOs, approximately 80 percent of 1.8 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries where they live in camps, informal settlements or houses where they are forced to pay a high rent.
According to the latest UN figures, since the civil war began in Syria in March 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly seven million need emergency humanitarian aid. There are no clear estimates on how many people have been displaced because of the conflict.
Bernal is on location in Jordan while shooting "Rosewater," which will mark the directorial debut of "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart. The film follows the story of a journalist who is detained in Iran and is tortured for 100 days. The film will be released in 2014.