“Eternals” actress Angelina Jolie warns that the children of Ukraine will “pay the highest price” of those affected by the Russian invasion.
In her role as special envoy to the UN, Jolie, 46, has been documenting the plight of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the conflict to keep her 12.5 million Instagram followers informed.
UNHCR’s Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, arrived in Aden, Yemen, determined to remind the world of the forgotten suffering of millions of people in Yemen. pic.twitter.com/CmggKMCUHE
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 6, 2022
“As well as the millions who’ve fled over Ukraine’s borders, nearly 2 million people are displaced inside their country, many trapped by fighting, denied access to aid, and in direct physical danger,” she posted on Wednesday.
“Without an end to the war children will pay the highest price – in trauma, lost childhoods and shattered lives,” Jolie captioned alongside three photos of children fleeing, a 13-year-old boy injured in a Russian attack, and a child cancer patient hiding out in a makeshift bomb shelter.
Days earlier she shared a UNICEF video of a young Ukrainian mother struggling to keep her family safe during mortar attacks.
“This is the reality of life for civilians trapped and displaced by conflict – including an estimated 7.5 million Ukrainian children, their parents and families, and refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria who’d fled to Ukraine and now face being uprooted again, as well as students from India and African nations,” the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” star wrote.
She posted a prayer for the citizens of Ukraine days after the conflict began at the end of February.
Angelina Jolie’s statement on Ukraine invasion. pic.twitter.com/Zp9valzC3T
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“Like many of you, I’m praying for the people in Ukraine,” Jolie said. “My focus along with my @refugees colleagues is that everything possible is done to ensure the protection and basic human rights of those displaced, and refugees in the region.”
“We have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety,” she concluded. “It is too soon to know what will happen, but the significance of this moment – for the people of Ukraine, and for the international rule of law – cannot be overstated.”