After 21 years of good and loyal service, Angelina Jolie quit her role as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ special envoy, the star who wanted to “do things differently” and work on a wider range of humanitarian issues .
,After working for 20 years within the UN system, I feel it is time for me to work in a different way by engaging directly with refugees and local organizationsThe actress explained in a press release issued by the UNHCR on Friday.Angelina Jolie has long been an important humanitarian partner of UNHCR. We are grateful for their decades of service, their commitment, and their contribution to the cause of refugees and those forced to flee.“, said Filippo Grandi, head of the UNHCR.
Angelina Jolie – one of Hollywood’s most iconic faces – has completed more than 60 field assignments over the years, lending her stardom and certainty to the media in her travels for the refugee cause. He was appointed as the Special Envoy of the UNHCR in 2012. Most recently, she traveled with the UNHCR to Yemen and Burkina Faso to meet displaced people.Two of the least funded and least reported emergencies in the world“, underlines the press release.
In June 2021, on International Refugee Day, he pleaded for more solidarity and what he saw as false pretenses for not doing more while visiting the Goudoubo camp in Burkina. ,It’s not that we’re about to break – it’s already broken. The way we try to resolve conflict and insecurity as an international community is broken“, he launched.
,I’ve never been more concerned about the situation of forced displacement around the world than I am today“, she launched. Since then, the number of refugees and internally displaced persons has continued to rise to cross the 100 million mark in mid-2022. More than 53 million people have been forced to flee their homes in their countries. and 32.5 million had to leave their homes to try to settle elsewhere.
Ms Jolie did not give details of her future humanitarian commitments. ,I know the refugee cause will be dear to her heart and I am sure she will bring the same passion and focus to her extensive humanitarian portfolio.“, underlined Mr. Grundy.
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