In a new interview with Vogue, Angelina Jolie- one of the most popular actress and philanthropist, discussed about family, adoption and her humanitarian work.
During the time she has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), “I found myself a student at their feet,” Jolie tells Vogue. “I have learned more from [refugees] about family, resilience, dignity and survival than I can express.” The mother of six has spent almost two decades working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), first as a goodwill ambassador and as of 2012, special envoy, in light of her dedication to the cause.
Jolie said she has witnessed “a lack of will to protect and defend basic human rights, and a lack of diplomacy and accountability. A lot of people profit from the chaos of broken, dependent countries and it sickens me. We also see leaders spread fear for political gain, and nationalism rising — anger at ‘the other.’ ” “But on the other hand, I also see amazing generosity towards refugees in many countries and extraordinary strength and resilience from refugees themselves,” she added. “And it is not a hopeless picture. Just five conflicts account for two-thirds of all cross-border displacement — Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. Change the dynamic there, and we change the picture for global displacement.”
The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil actress said she sees “all people as equal” and “cannot stand by” amid “the abuse and suffering” transpiring globally.
“Around the world, people are fleeing gas attacks, rape, female genital mutilation, beatings, persecution, murder. They do not flee to improve their lives. They flee because they cannot survive otherwise,” Jolie said. “What I really want is to see an end to what forces people out of their homelands. I want to see prevention when we can, protection when needed and accountability when crimes are committed.”