Angelina Jolie Pitt, special envoy to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited Turkey with daughter Shiloh for the World Refugee Day on June 20. Jolie made a powerful speech where she pleaded for the international community and leaders of the world to recognize the meaning of what she described as “mass human displacement.”
World Refugee Day, Jolie said, marked the frightening truths that the international community and world leaders are unable to broker peace and find lasting solutions.
Shiloh Jolie Pitt
Shiloh joined her mother in her visit to a refugee camp in Turkey. The nine-year-old daughter of power couple Angie and Brad Pitt known for her androgynous fashion takes after her mom’s passion for humanitarian work. Brad has once said that she is deeply influenced and moved by her mom’s humanitarian work that she also wants to be out there and help people.
Angelina Jolie calls for more action to prevent ‘mass human displacement’
In her speech, Jolie said that nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes and Mardin, Turkey is at the epicenter of the global crisis. She said 1 in every 122 people in Earth are being displaced from their homes.
“Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights. We should call this what it is: not just a refugee crisis but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement,” Jolie said in her speech.
She said Turkey has become the country with the largest number of refuges anywhere in the world with 1.8 million displaced Syrian and Iraqis. She said displacement is not a “new trend.”
“It is a result of those fleeing country after country and finding no safe place. These are not economic migrants looking for a better life, these are desperate refugees who are fleeing war and persecution,” Jolie said.
She calls for the international community to have a credible plan, to reach a political solution to end the conflict. She also called for the United Nations Security Council to send their ministers and ambassadors in Turkey: “Witness this crisis for yourself.”
“Displacement at 60 million is a sign of our inability to work together as a community, to apply all our laws and uses our collective institutions effectively. To live by our standards and keep our word. There is an explosion of human suffering and displacement on a level that has never been seen before… We cannot pick and choose which human rights violations we will and won’t tolerate.”
She highlighted that an average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years.
“Think of your own life. Think of what that would mean. For many, it is their entire childhood.”
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