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Angelina Jolie visits Yemen refugees amid Russia-Ukraine crisis

Update : 08 Mar 2022, 11:27

Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, Hollywood actress and a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie visited Aden, Yemen on Sunday to provide aid and show solidarity with displaced families in Yemen.

Angelina, who is a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal that she was in the city of Aden to meet with displaced families and show her support for the people of Yemen.

Her post (which featured an aerial video of a Yemeni refugee camp, photographs of war damage, and Yemeni school children) included a solemn call not to forget the people of Yemen. 

“As we continue to watch the horrors unfolding in Ukraine and call for an immediate end to the conflict and humanitarian access, I am here in Yemen to support people who also desperately need peace," she wrote in the caption.

"The situation here is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with one civilian killed or injured every hour in 2022. An economy devastated by war, and over 20 million Yemenis depending on humanitarian assistance to survive.”

In a text overlay on one of her photos, she penned, “This week a million people were forced to flee the horrific war in Ukraine. If we learn anything from this shocking situation, it is that we cannot be selective about who deserves support and whose rights we defend. Everyone deserves the same compassion.”

She added, “The lives of civilian victims of conflict everywhere are of equal value. After seven years of war, the people of Yemen also need protection, support, and above all, peace.”

The 46-year-old actress is in Yemen, which is considered the poorest country in the Arab world, ahead of the High Level Pledging Conference for Yemen on March 16th (an annual fundraising summit). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said it hopes her presence there will draw attention to the devastating situation there, which has killed over 150,000 people. It was reported last month that over 13 million Yemenis are headed toward starvation if the situation doesn’t improve. 

Angelina Jolie took to her Instagram and wrote, “I’ve landed in Aden, to meet displaced families and refugees for UNHCR @refugees and show my support for the people of Yemen,” Jolie wrote in the caption. “I will do my best to communicate from the ground as the days unfold.”

Angelina is special envoy for UNHCR

She will be visiting Yemeni families, including displaced families and refugees, to hear directly from them how the conflict has ripped their lives apart.

 “As we continue to watch the horrors unfolding in Ukraine, and call for an immediate end to the conflict and humanitarian access, I’m here in Yemen to support people who also desperately need peace.” she continued.

Jolie further added, “This week a million people were forced to flee the horrific war in Ukraine. If we learn anything from this shocking situation, it is that we cannot be selective about who deserves support and whose rights we defend. Everyone deserves the same compassion. The lives of civilian victims of conflict everywhere are of equal value. After seven years of war, the people of Yemen also need protection, support and, above all, peace.”

 

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