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UNICEF turns graphics cards into a humanitarian tool

The charity is asking gamers to mine cryptocurrency to help war-torn Syria.

UNICEF is taking advantage of the powerful graphics cards in gaming PCs to mine cryptocurrencies in an effort to raise funds for the 13.5 million people in need of vital emergency help in Syria.

If you wish to help the cause, which UNICEF calls "the most appalling humanitarian crisis of the past 20 years," you'll need to download Claymore, an Ethereum mining application.

"Install the software Claymore and launch it to mine whenever you want, and without lifting a finger or spending a euro you will generate funds right into UNICEF's wallet," says the charity on its website.

At the time of writing, the fund has only raised around 15 euros, which converts to approximately £15, $20 or AU$25. There are four active contributors.

The project will close in 57 days.