On Tuesday, Angelina Jolie-Pitt stepped up as a special envoy for the United Nations as she returned to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon to comment on the Syrian refugee situation. Talk about being an inspiration!
Not only did Miz Jolie-Pitt give an emotional press conference where she asked the world’s leaders to help millions of displaced people, but she also reunited with a girl named Hala and her family — whom she had met on her first visit to the region back in 2014.
A source revealed that the 40-year-old joined the family for dinner where they ate, talked, and colored together. Aww!
Surprisingly, Hala opened up to AJP that she was eager to return to Syria — mainly to be able to place flowers on her mother’s grave. We’re not crying, you’re crying!
Not to mention, her father was also ready to return home and has hopes to gain a vocational skill to use before they get back.
And it seems that this poignant meet up inspired some parts of Angelina’s address (below). She noted:
“I want to thank the Lebanese people for helping to save the lives of over one million Syrians. It is not easy for a country to take in the equivalent of a quarter of its own population in refugees… There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in this region, and 6.5 million people displaced inside Syria. On this day, the fifth anniversary of the Syria conflict, that is where I had hoped I would be: in Syria, helping UNHCR with returns, and watching families I have come to know be able to go home.”
Whoa. She continued:
“It is tragic and shameful that we seem to be so far from that point. Every Syrian refugee I have spoken to on this visit, without exception, talked of their desire to return home when the war is over and it is safe for them to do so ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ not with resignation, but with the light in their eyes of people dreaming of being reunited with the country that they love.”
We can only imagine how hard it must be to witness to this tragic situation first hand. The brunette beauty’s passion to aid those in need explains why she wasn’t afraid to call out the different world power leaders. The By the Sea director added:
“I want to be clear that I understand that people in many different countries have fears about the refugee situation. They are worried about the impact on their communities, livelihoods and security if they accept refugees into their countries. It is not wrong to feel unsettled face by a crisis of such complexity and such magnitude. But we must not let fears get the better of us. We must not let fear stand in the way of an effective response that is in our long-term interests.”
Well said! What do YOU think about Angie’s remarks?
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