Angelina Jolie is taking a break from her Hollywood stuff to do some more humanitarian work. Yesterday she visited the House of Lords in London to give testimony on sexual violence during military conflicts. She also wrote an op-ed piece, urging people to assist the Syrian refugees.
Here are some excerpts from Angelina’s article:
The Syria conflict has created a wave of human suffering that has rolled out across the region and now reached the shores of Europe. Syrians are fleeing barrel bombs, chemical weapons, rape and massacres. Their country has become a killing field.
It should come as no surprise that people who have endured years of war, or who have been living in refugee camps on dwindling rations, are taking matters into their own hands. How many of us could honestly say that in their shoes we would not do the same, confronted by fear, lack of hope, and a glaring lack of international political will to end the conflict…
We must face some hard truths. The first is that the responsibility to help is not determined by the accident of geography but by adherence to universal human rights and values. It transcends religion, culture and ethnicity. We should not be reaching for the lowest common denominator in our response to the refugee crisis, but striving to live up to our highest ideals. Every country in the world, not just in Europe, must be a part of the solution…
You can read Angelina’s entire piece in the UK paper, The Times.
I think it’s great that she’s using her high profile to bring attention to humanitarian causes. The Syrian refugee crisis is tragic; children are dying as they and their parents flee Syria. Hopefully people are listening.
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