Beyond Celebrity Tweets: Angelina Jolie and The UN

Last week, Angelina Jolie visited the world’s biggest refugee camp, which is home to thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. 
UN investigators noted that over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims are currently living in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar, (formerly known as Burma), 18 months ago as a result of the ethnic cleansing.  
The Rohingya, a standout amongst the most oppressed communities in the world, are not perceived as residents of Myanmar and face widespread segregation from the authorities. As a result, a huge number of Rohingya have just been living as exiles in a few neighbouring nations.The Hollywood star landed on Monday and is to go through three days evaluating the necessities of the displaced people and the basic difficulties the nation faces as it has them, as indicated by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

a Map of where Rohingya Muslims have fled to.

According to the Sky News, it comes ahead of a UN subsidizing request for $920m (£705m) to help meet the fundamental needs of the refugees living in the camps.

After arriving on Monday to assess the needs of the displaced Rohingyas, Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie implored the Myanmar government to display a real commitment to terminating the system “of violence, displacement, and improve the conditions for all communities in Rakhine State, including the Rohingyas”.

In her extended job, Jolie centers around real emergencies that result in mass populace relocations, undertaking advocacy and representing to UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. She additionally connects with elite decision-makers on worldwide displacement issues. Through this work, she has added to the indispensable procedure of discovering answers for individuals compelled to escape their homes. She has worked enthusiastically, doing almost 60 field missions and turning into a powerful promoter on refugee and relocation matters.

In a statement at the Kutupalong refugee settlement, Jolie stated: “I also met yesterday some of the many survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including mass rape. Nearly two years after the beginning of this emergency, there is still a worrying gap in psychosocial services available for refugee survivors. This gap urgently needs to be addressed”.

Angelina Jolie sets a great example for many celebrities in this day and age. She uses her status, her popularity and even her finances (after having donated over 4.9 million dollars to charity) for those who really need it. This is a huge advantage for the United Nations also, an intergovernmental institution that should continue encourage celebrities to get their hands involved in helping out in any way they can – as opposed to just taking it to social media. 

Fleur Boya
Fleur is an expressionist artist and global politics enthusiast, as well as both a cinephile and a bibliophile. She is a University of Leeds alumni with a degree in International Relations. As a political journalist for the TCS Network, Fleur hopes to educate a large number of millennials that have a depleting or non-existing interest in politics. However, above her insatiable interest in the international political climate and exploring the context of unstable relationships between state ‘superpowers’, she is a follower of Jesus and believes that love cures and conquers all things.

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