Angelina Jolie Pitt and daughter Shiloh continued their humanitarian trip on Saturday, visiting southeastern Turkey for World Refugee Day.
Jolie Pitt, who serves as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and her 9-year-old daughter with husband Brad Pitt visited a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the town of Midyat, in the Mardin province of Turkey.
The star also met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussing the crisis in the world’s largest refugee community, according to a press release from the UNHCR.
“Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights,” she said according to the release. “We should call this what it is: not just a ‘refugee crisis,’ but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.”
The mother-daughter pair were also joined by the UNHCR High Commissioner Antonio Guterres on their refugee camp visits.
“This is a central problem. We cannot pick and choose which human rights violations we will and won’t tolerate,” Jolie Pitt said while at the Midyat camp.
he actress, who has six children with Pitt, brought Shiloh first to Lebanon to spend time with a 12-year-old Syrian girl she met a year prior during another UNHCR 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 Pitt told PEOPLE.
Over 60 million people worldwide are displaced – or one in every 122 people – is either a refugee, displaced, or seeking asylum, according to UNHCR. This number is up from 51 million last year.
Jolie Pitt and Shiloh spent time with the little girl named Hala, who has no parents and lives with her five siblings in a tented settlement.
“Upon leaving the family, Shiloh asked many questions,” the star told PEOPLE. “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.”
The Maleficent star and Shiloh will join Pitt and the rest of the famous family for Father’s Day on Sunday.
Angelina Jolie has continued her humanitarian efforts with her children. The By the Sea actress and her 9-year-old daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, traveled to Turkey on Saturday, June 20, in honor of World Refugee Day.
Jolie, 40, voiced her concerns while visiting the Midyat Refugee Camp in Mardin. Her statement has since been published in its entirety on The UN Refugee Agency website.
“We are here for a simple reason: This region is at the epicenter of a global crisis. Nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes. That is one in every 122 people on our planet. Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights,” she said. “We should call this what it is: not just a ‘refugee crisis,’ but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.”
She continued: “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.”
Jolie also noted in her speech that she traveled to Lebanon on Friday. On Saturday, she and Shiloh walked through a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp while holding hands. Jolie wore an all-black outfit while Shiloh kept close in a blue T-shirt.
“These are not economic migrants looking for a better life, these are desperate refugees who are fleeing war and persecution. The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Think of your own life,” Jolie pleaded. “Think of what that would mean. For many, it is their entire childhood. During displacement you might be able to get an education, or continue your education. But very likely, you will not.”
In light of this, Jolie hopes that international community and leaders, as well as ministers and ambassadors, will help to make a change.
“We have the tools we need – the resolutions, the doctrines, the conventions, the courts. But if these tools are misused, inconsistently applied or applied in a self-serving way, we will continue on this trend of displacement and it will grow and grow,” she said. “It is inhumane to expect all of these families to tolerate this kind of life. We all know what needs to be done, we must do better. And it is self-evident that we have to start with Syria.”
She added: “To all the families here, and around our world, marking this Holy Month, I say, ‘Ramadan Kareem.’ And I pay tribute to refugees themselves – the people we rightly celebrate today, not only here in Turkey but around the world.”
Source: US Magazine
Angie visited a camp for displaced Iraqis in Khanke, a few kilometres (miles) from the Turkish border in Iraq’s Dohuk province, on January 25. Run by authorities from the three-province autonomous Kurdish region of north Iraq with the help of the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, Khanke aims to house 18,000 people, said the agency’s Liena Veide.
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Hollywood superstar and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie is in the Kurdistan Region to visit refugee camps.
Jolie, who arrived on an unannounced visit Saturday evening, was expected to visit a refugee camp in Duhok province that houses tens of thousands of Yezidis and other refugees from Mosul.
Rudaw also learned that she will give a press conference today following her visit to the camp.
The Kurdistan Region is home to 1.6 million refugees from Syrian Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq, most of whom fled the Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught last summer.
The American actress was appointed a Special Envoy in 2012 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
This is Jolie’s second visit to the Kurdistan Region. In September 2012 Jolie visited the Domiz refugee camp in Erbil and met with Kurdish officials, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.
According to the UNHCR, Jolie has conducted “more than 40 field visits around the world, becoming well-versed in the phenomenon of forced displacement and a tireless advocate on their behalf.”
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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan. Angelina continued to express solidarity with Syrian refugees and pay tribute to the Jordanian government and people for their strong commitment to refugee protection. Jolie said on her second visit to the region in three months: ”Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians.” Since her last visit to the region in September, the number of refugees in the region has increased by more than 200,000 and in Jordan alone by nearly 50,000.
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