Saturday, December 27, 2014

No one chooses to be a refugee, says Angelina Jolie

Actor-director Angelina Jolie has donated $100,000 to mark World Refugee Day

No one chooses to be a refugee, says Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie shows some emotion at a 2010 UNHCR meeting.

While the rest of us are counting the days until her royal wedding to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie is keeping busy saving the world one refugee at a time.

Jolie, 37, marked World Refugee Day yesterday by making a $100,000 donation to the cause, reports USAToday.com. The Mr. and Mrs. Smith star, who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, backs up the money with a message in two formats: A video and a statement on the UNHCR website.

 “UNHCR believes even 1 person forced to flee is too many. And it's true. Every individual refugee matters. 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,” Jolie writes. “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. … And for the fifth consecutive year the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 42 million.”

Unfortunately, the world is producing displaced people faster than it is producing solutions to displacement. And the solutions are not exclusively humanitarian – they are also political. The international community should rededicate 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.

See Jolie’s video below.

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