Mood lighted up a little bit in the refugee camps in Greece when Hollywood superstar and UN High Commissioner for Refugees envoy Angelina Jolie-Pitt visited thousands of asylum seekers from different war-torn countries. However, things got a little tensed when she almost lost her cool in one of the camps she visited.
During her visit in one of the camps in Greece, local and international media mobbed the Hollywood actress prompting her to tell the media to ‘back-up’ as she was talking to the kids and it might put them in danger. Jolie-Pitt went personally to the camp to talk to children refugees saying that she wants to help them and learn about their situation, the Telegraph reports. (See video below)
On Wednesday, Jolie-Pitt urged world leaders, especially the Greek Government, to come up with a concrete plan in addressing the worsening condition of refugees all over the world. Data from the United Nations shows that around 85 percent of asylum-seekers entered Europe via Greece.
This makes Greece as the leading point of entry of refugees who have fled their home country to escape war. Records show that the majority of the asylum-seekers in Greek refugee camps are from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Children, women, and weak old people had to endure living in makeshift tents for weeks, just to escape war and danger of being killed in their own country.
“I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation, “I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected,” the Academy Awards winner said as quoted by the UN News Centre.
Just recently, Jolie-Pitt visited Lebanon as an envoy to the UNHCR. She has called on to the world leaders to create concerted effort in putting an end to the years of conflict in Syria, which recently turned fifth year. During her visit to Lebanon, she stressed the importance of inclusive effort to address the worsening problem of refugees.
While she lauded the Greek Government in welcoming thousands of refugees to their country, the envoy also urged other EU-member states to cooperate and extend assistance to those who seek asylum to their territories.
Currently, Turkey and EU-member state leaders are in talks to address some pressing issues that affect refugees in Europe from war-torn countries. One of the highlights of the talks is EU’s scaling back in the number of refugees whom they can offer resettlement to Europe, the Guardian reports.
Here’s the video from The Telegraph:
Reuters has its rough cut video which can be found here.