Kiwi actor Julian Dennison talks to The Project about helping those in need in Uganda

What could a child actor possibly do to help South Sudanese refugees in Uganda? It turns out, quite a lot.

Julian Dennison is known for his funny roles in films such as Deadpool 2 and Hunt for the Widerpeople, but now he's connecting with refugees through laughter, as part of his new role as World Vision's 40 Hour Famine ambassador.

While visiting a child "safehouse", the 16-year-old told The Project he felt little language barrier.

"It's a place for them to come together and just be kids, and just hang out and play football or rugby, or just hang out and do drama.

"I feel like you could do it through touch; communicate through drama and through art, and through acting."

Hundreds of thousands of children have been displaced by the civil war in South Sudan. Many have fled to refugee camps in Uganda.

"They've seen so much pain and so much hurt," Dennison told The Project. "I can't imagine what it would be like going through that."

Despite the pain, Dennison said he could see so much joy.

"They were laughing and playing, and I got to hang out with them and just be kids. It was really special."

Dennison admitted having nerves about whether he could connect with the children.

"I really got to know them," he said. "Coming here makes me feel like I can change so much in my life."

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