Back in February, George and Amal Clooney sat down with refugees fleeing from Syria in Germany in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, and yesterday the organization released a video from their conversation to mark the 5th anniversary of the devastating conflict.
In the video, the families, who are now settled in Germany, share their heartbreaking stories with the Clooneys, who in turn share their family's own stories—George's family left Ireland for America, while Amal's family fled war-torn Lebanon for the United Kingdom.
"I'm of Irish descent, and in America a 100 years ago we were refugees. Irish were treated terribly in America and not accepted and America learned to accept all of these ideas," he says in the video. "It's what our country is, a country of immigrants, and we have not recently done a very good job at remembering who we are. Being here and talking with you is important to remind them of who we are and who we've always been, which is you."