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Angelina Jolie is in Yemen to help refugees.
Jolie, 46, stressed the need to support all displaced families and refugees when she arrived in the Yemeni capital on Sunday amid the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The UN Refugee Agency said it hopes Jolie’s visit will draw attention to growing humanitarian needs in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, ahead of the annual high-level pledging conference for Yemen on March 16.
Angelina Jolie arrived in Yemen ahead of a fundraiser for the country.
“I landed in Aden to meet displaced families and refugees for the UNHCR @refugees and show my support for the people of Yemen,” Jolie told fans in a caption to her Isntagram post. “I will do everything in my power to communicate from the ground as the days unfold.”
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“As we continue to watch the horrors unfold in Ukraine and call for an immediate end to the conflict and access to humanitarian aid, I am here in Yemen to support people who are also desperate for peace. The situation here is one of the most severe humanitarian crises. in a world where one civilian is killed or injured every hour in 2022. The economy has been devastated by the war and more than 20 million Yemenis depend on humanitarian aid to survive,” she added.
Jolie went on to compare the refugee crisis in Yemen to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as Russia invades the country. The actress, who is a special envoy for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stressed that “everyone” deserves support.
Jolie spoke to fans about her efforts to help the citizens of Yemen. Since the end of 2014, a civil war has been going on in the country.
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“This week, a million people were forced to flee the terrible war in Ukraine. If we have learned anything from this shocking situation, it is that we cannot choose who deserves support and whose rights we protect. Everyone deserves the same compassion,” she said. composed. “The lives of civilians affected by conflict everywhere are of equal value. After seven years of war, the people of Yemen also need protection, support and, above all, peace.”
Yemen has been rocked by civil war since 2014, when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital Sana’a and much of the country’s north, forcing the government to flee south and then into Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States at the time entered the war in 2015 to try to bring the Yemeni government back to power.
Jolie compared the humanitarian crisis in Yemen to the war in Ukraine. The actress emphasized that “everyone” deserves support and help cannot be “selective”.
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Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. This attack forced 1.7 million Ukrainians to leave the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.