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Mulligan praises brother's activism

Carey Mulligan and her brother are working with charitable organisation War Child International.

The 29-year-old actress has immense respect for her sibling Owain, a former captain in the British Army who she says took swift action when he learned a girls’ school had closed its doors after its water supply had been poisoned.

“…When my brother was a soldier in Afghanistan, he was at a base around the corner from a girls’ school that had to be shut down because of the Taliban. They had poisoned the water source,” she told the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a newly released interview obtained by The Telegraph.

"The only way it could reopen was if a new well was built,” Carey explained. “So my brother took up the initiative, amazingly, and started raising money for this school.”

The actress and her brother are now working with War Child International, which describes itself as a “family of independent humanitarian organisations, working across the world to help children affected by war”.

And Carey has heaped praise on its activists for taking fast action.

"War Child was a charity that responded immediately,” she said.

“Since then, my brother has been a big fan, and when he left the army a few years ago, we met with them and started talking about working together. War Child is just extraordinary. They counsel kids through conflict and help them for years after a trauma."

Owain left the British Army in 2012, The Telegraph reports.

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