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Holly Willoughby ‘honoured’ by interview with Syrian child refugee

HOLLY WILLOUGHBY has said it was a ‘real honour’ to speak to a child refugee living in Jordan.

The This Morning presenter (pictured) spoke to 17-year-old Bodoor via webcam about fleeing Syria with her family when she was five and walking for nine hours in the heat until she got to Azraq refugee camp, where she still lives today.

Bodoor told Willoughby how her ‘simple’ life changed from playing in her familiar home streets of Syria, where she visited her grandparents, to living in a refugee camp with limited resources in a foreign country.

Bodoor said it was ‘painful more than frightening’ leaving her home because she was with her family.

The pair discussed the importance of education, with Bodoor telling Willoughby ‘refugees must keep learning because it is our escape’.

They also discussed her dream of becoming an astronomer, which developed while looking at the stars in Jordan.

She said: ‘It was the first time I saw the sky and the stars clearly when I am at the camps so I can see a lot of stars and the Milky Way and galaxy.’

Afterwards, Willoughby, who is an ambassador for Garnier which has partnered with Unicef, said: ‘That was pretty special, I’ve done lots of interviews in my life but never one quite like that.

‘I’ve got a real insight into what life was like for Bodoor in the Azraq camp.’