Angelina Jolie yesterday visited refugees in Burkina Faso to highlight the problems faced by people who have to flee their homes.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy, 46, donned a headscarf as she spoke in the West African nation to mark World Refugee Day.
Highlighting how the number of displaced people in the world has doubled in the past year, she said: ‘There is nowhere I would rather be today than here, with refugees, the people I admire most in the world.’
Angelina Jolie yesterday visited refugees in Burkina Faso to highlight the problems faced by people who have to flee their homes
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy, 46, donned a headscarf as she spoke in the West African nation to mark World Refugee Day
More than 1.2million people in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa have been forced to flee their homes since 2019, according to the United Nations.
The UN says funding for its response to the refugee crisis in the country is critically low and needs to be boosted by around 80 per cent.
Speaking in Burkina Faso’s Goudoubo refugee camp, in the central city of Kaya, Ms Jolie added that she had ‘never been as worried’ about displaced people as she is now.
‘We have to wake up to the track we are on globally, with so many conflicts raging and the very real possibility that climate change will force tens if not hundreds of millions of people to have to leave their homes in the future, with no possibility of return,’ she warned.
Highlighting how the number of displaced people in the world has doubled in the past year, she said: ‘There is nowhere I would rather be today than here, with refugees, the people I admire most in the world’
‘The way the international community tries to address conflict and insecurity is broken.
‘It is erratic, it is unequal, it is built on inherited privilege, it is subject to the whim of political leaders, and it is geared towards the interests of powerful countries,’ she added.
She then called for the international community to focus on finding solutions to reduce refugee numbers globally, saying: ‘The truth is we are not doing half of what we could and should do to find solutions to enable refugees to return home – or to support host countries, like Burkina Faso.’
Ms Jolie’s speech comes after she collaborated with Amnesty International last year on a new book to help young people know their rights when protesting against injustice.
The Tomb Raider star said she is keen to help ’empower’ those who are trying to make a change in the world, whether that be by protesting on the streets or within their community, with the book Know Your Rights (And Claim Them).
It was revealed on Wednesday that the book helps children up to the age of 18 to counter misinformation and let them know how to stop their rights from being violated.
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