She spoke out on behalf of refugees.
“Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced,” Jolie said in a statement online. “Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights. People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits. We don’t know how many more will be coming. There’s a huge risk the number might increase. We should see this time in displacement as the time where we should take the most care, and give the most support. Not because they are vulnerable, but because in fact they are the future stability of all the countries we say we are so concerned about.”
She encouraged world leaders to learn about refugees firsthand.
“We must protect them [refugees], and invest in them,” Jolie said. “They are not a problem, they are part of the solution to the global crisis. They are the potential for the rebuilding and restabilization of countries. I call, again, on the United Nations Security Council: Send your ministers and ambassadors here. Witness this crisis for yourself. See that it simply cannot go on. And that it is past time for a credible plan to reach a political solution to end the conflict.”
While speaking about refugees and their plight, Jolie spoke about her daughter’s knowledge of the work she does on behalf of refugees. Before visiting Turkey, Jolie took Shiloh to Lebanon, where they visited with a 12-year-old girl, Hala, that Jolie met on a previous trip. “Shiloh is very aware that I hold refugee families in high regard and has been asking to come on missions and meet them for many years,” Jolie told People Weekly.
“She had heard about Hala since my last visit to Lebanon, and has been wanting to meet her and her brothers and sisters,” Jolie said. “It was wonderful that they were able to meet, play together, and make friends. So many refugees are children. I’ve often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes — it is that they have lost their friends. Upon leaving the family, Shiloh asked many questions. It is, of course, hard to explain all of the harsh realities of war and displacement. She said she felt sad, but was happy that she went and is looking forward to the next visit.”
Jolie’s visit was part of her work as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to the UN, refugees have reached 60 million worldwide.
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