Angelina Jolie - No One Chooses To Be A Refugee
Angelian Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world, a multifaceted movie star, mother of six and life partner of Hollywood heart throb, Brad Pitt.
For her big screen roles Jolie has received an Academy Award, Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics, Block Buster Entertainment and Screen Actors Guild Awards. But easily, her most challenging and inspiring role yet, has been on the world stage along side UNHCR, shining a spotlight on the growing numbers of refugees fleeing violence and persecution globally.
In her latest Public Service Announcement (PSA) for UNHCR, Special Envoy Angelia Jolie lends her famous face and name to a short but riveting video titled: No One Chooses To Be A Refugee. The video is part of UNHCR’s 2012 World Refugee Day campaign called, “Dilemmas”. It’s aim - to help fight intolerance and xenophobia against refugees. Take a look:
Jolie along with a host of other international celebrities all echo the same solemn message, "no one chooses to be a refugee".
For ISL News, a network spearheading immigration, human rights and refugee isses, one shocking statistic stands out in Jolie's PSA, "every minute, 8-people are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution". Those individual numbers have grown to a staggering 43-million displaced worldwide.
Jolie, a committed humanitarian, released a special statement on behalf of World Refugee Day, below are extracts of what she had to say:
"UNHCR believes even one person forced to flee is too many. And it's true. Every individual refugee matters," she wrote. "Each has their own story. Each has suffered and survived more than I could ever bear. And yet, they rise up to live another day."
"We risk forgetting the individual when we speak in numbers, but the numbers tell an important story. In the past year, 4.3 million people have become displaced. There are still 2.7 million refugees from Afghanistan. Twelve million people are stateless. And for the fifth consecutive year the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 42 million."
“The international community should re-dedicate itself to preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more quickly, for that is the only way to create durable solutions for the refugees whose strength inspires us on this World Refugee Day.”
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