Angelina Jolie speaks out for Ukrainian refugees and displaced people around the world as she says they all ‘deserve equal treatment and rights’
- Jolie, 46, wrote Thursday on Instagram that 1 million refugees have fled Ukraine
- She noted that tens of millions more had fled their homes elsewhere in the world
- That actress said that all refugees around the world deserve the same rights
- She previously said she was ‘praying for the people in Ukraine’
Angelina Jolie noted the staggering number of Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes and country due to the ongoing Russian invasion on Thursday.
In an Instagram post, the 46-year-old actress and activist compared the plight of Ukrainian refugees escaping to safety with the struggles of other refugee groups across the globe.
She wrote to her 12.4 million followers that — regardless of their nationality or race — ‘All refugees and displaced people deserve equal treatment and rights.’
Equal treatment: Angelina Jolie, 46, urged her Instagram followers to treat refugees around the world with the same compassion that they have shown for Ukrainians fleeing from the Russian attacks on Thursday; seen in 2011 in LA
Jolie’s post included striking photos of what appeared to be refugees from various countries, including a photo of a somber Ukrainian girl looking through the window of a bus.
‘One million refugees have now fled Ukraine,’ she began her caption.
‘Before a single Ukrainian refugee crossed the border, there were already more than 82 million people forced from their homes globally — the highest number on record,’ she continued.
‘They include over 6 million Syrians — the world’s largest population of refugees — who’ve been displaced for over a decade already.
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Global issue: She noted one million Ukrainians had already fled, but more than ’82 million people’ had already been forced to flee their homes elsewhere in the world; seen February 9 in Washington, D.C.
‘And over 1 million Rohingyas from Myanmar — who as well as being forcibly displaced, are also stateless,’ she wrote.
‘And nearly 48 million people who have been forced from their homes by conflict and violence, who are living internally displaced within their own countries — in Yemen, in Somalia, in Afghanistan, in Ethiopia, and in so many other places.’
Although she didn’t state it explicitly, the Oscar winner alluded to complaints that refugees from other global conflicts hadn’t received the same degree of compassion and support that recent Ukrainian refugees have received.
‘All refugees and displaced people deserve equal treatment and rights,’ she concluded.
Jolie add the hashtag, ‘#RefugeesWelcome,’ along with countries from where refugees had fled, including Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
She also mentioned the Rohingya, a stateless group of Muslims living within Myanmar who were the victims of a genocide in recent years.
In her thoughts: Late last month, Jolie — who was appointed the Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012 — shared on Instagram that, ‘Like many of you, I’m praying for the people in Ukraine’
Late last month, Jolie — who was appointed the Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012 — shared on Instagram that, ‘Like many of you, I’m praying for the people in Ukraine.’
She also shared a statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is working in conjunction the United Nations, Ukraine and other countries in Europe to provide humanitarian support amid the ongoing Russian attack.
‘We are gravely concerned about the fast-deteriorating situation and ongoing military action in Ukraine,’ read the message.
‘The humanitarian consequences on civilian populations will be devastating. There are no winners in war, but countless lives will be torn apart.
‘We have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety. Civilian lives and civilian infrastructure must be protected and safeguarded at all times, in line with International Humanitarian Law.
‘Accordingly, we have stepped up our operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries,’ the statement added.
‘We remain firmly committed to support all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region.’
Time for action: Last month, Jolie turned her activism toward speaking out in favor of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act after it was previously held up by Republicans in congress; seen February 9 in Washington, D.C.
Last month, Jolie turned her activism toward speaking out in favor of reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act after it was previously held up by Republicans in congress.
The star was visibly emotional while speaking during a press conference at which she shamed Congress’ ‘silence’ on the the act, which expired almost a decade before.
‘Most of all, I want to acknowledge — most of all, I want to acknowledge the children who are terrified and suffering at this moment,’ she said. ‘And the many people for whom this legislation comes too late.’
‘The women who have suffered through this system with little or no support, they still carry the pain and trauma of their abuse,’ Jolie continued. ‘The young adults who have survived abuse and emerged stronger not because of the child protective system, but despite it.
‘And the women and children who have died, who could have been saved,’ she said.
False flag? On Thursday, amid an escalation in attacks from Russian forces, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on Twitter that there were ‘worrying reports’ of a potential operation to suggest Ukraine has attacked a Russian village; seen on February 23 in NYC
On Thursday, amid an escalation in attacks from Russian forces invading Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on Twitter that there were ‘worrying reports’ of a potential operation to suggest Ukraine has attacked a Russian village.
‘Russians might have pointed multiple rocket-launching systems in the Russian border village of Popovka towards their own territory. Knowing the barbaric nature of Russian actions we fear a false flag operation,’ Kuleba said.
His statement was not immediately confirmed by other government officials but follows days of Russian troop movements to encircle key Ukrainian cities after Moscow’s men failed to swiftly take major urban centers and to subdue Kyiv’s military.
Kulegba’s statement is the latest in a string of accusations levied at Russia’s President Vladimir Putin after Kremlin forces were accused multiple times of launching so-called false flag attacks before the invasion of Ukraine last week.
Accusation:’Russians might have pointed multiple rocket-launching systems in the Russian border village of Popovka towards their own territory. Knowing the barbaric nature of Russian actions we fear a false flag operation,’ Kuleba said; An apartment building in Borodyanka is seen Thursday morning almost totally destroyed after a Russian missile struck it
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