As part of her work as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for refugees, Angelina Jolie is speaking out against the deadly political turmoil in the African nations of Libya and the Ivory Coast, or Cote d'Ivoire.
The actress called upon the world "to address this moment" in a statement she released today through the U.N., while in Kabul, Afghanistan, saying:
"As we witness these newest crises unfold in west and north Africa, it is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety—whether civilians caught in conflict in their own country or refugees and asylum seekers caught in new conflicts. All I'm asking is that civilians be protected, and not targeted or harmed."
We hope her message gets through to the world because tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the Ivory Coast with many fleeing to Liberia.
The U.N. has issued a joint appeal with the International Organization for Migration for a humanitarian evacuation for people trying to escape Libya for Tunisia.
Angelina's statement continued:
"We have to give people safe passage, evacuation if needed, and ensure they have asylum. We don't want to look back and find their deaths are on our hands."
Absolutely! We'd hate to have that on our conscience.
Keep up the good work, Angelina! Thank you for being a voice for those who can't be heard.
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