Angelina Jolie traveled to Yemen to highlight one of the other refugee crises

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Angelina Jolie is a special envoy for the United National High Commission on Refugees. For years, she was a goodwill ambassador, but her title was upgraded years ago. She uses her Instagram to talk about refugee crises around the world, and obviously, the Ukrainian refugee crisis has been getting so much attention since Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine. More than one million refugees have fled Ukraine in less than two weeks. It’s one of the largest humanitarian disasters in the world. But it’s not the only refugee crisis happening right now. Ukraine is the only current refugee crisis involving white European refugees, and the European and American coverage of Ukraine has become quite racist, as journalists and commentators speak openly about why Ukrainian refugees are “more worthy” of attention, support, money and care. Which is why Angelina Jolie arrived in Yemen over the weekend. She wrote on her Instagram:

I’ve landed in Aden, to meet displaced families and refugees for UNHCR @refugees and show my support for the people of Yemen. I will do my best to communicate from the ground as the days unfold.

As we continue to watch the horrors unfolding in Ukraine, and call for an immediate end to the conflict and humanitarian access, I’m here in Yemen to support people who also desperately need peace.

The situation here is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with one civilian killed or injured every hour in 2022. An economy devastated by war, and over 20 million Yeminis depending on humanitarian assistance to survive.

[From Jolie’s Instagram]

In recent weeks, Jolie has posted IGs about Ukraine, so it’s not like she’s ignoring the crisis. She knows that with all eyes on Ukraine, Ukrainian refugees will receive the support they desperately need… all while refugee crises in other parts of the world are forgotten or ignored.

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    I love her and she’s right there are many refugee crises around the world. But they are ignored because they involve non-white people and have been caused by western aggression and interference.

  2. Jan says:

    Angie always trying and never giving up on Refugees.

  3. MVC says:

    She’s one of the few celebrities I believe truly cares about this kind of things and not because it’s good PR.
    It’s really sad to see how the media ignores all the other wars around the world, I hope the war in Ukraine helps open peoples eyes and truly look beyond.

    • Flowerlake says:

      If I recall correctly, BTS did their largest donation ever for kids in Yemen and then some of their fans added more to that.
      But otherwise, I have not heard many celebrities talk about it.

  4. Grace says:

    I love her and am constantly proud to be her fan❤️

  5. Noki says:

    From the coverage i have seen,some news orgs cant even bring themselves to call the Ukranians ‘refugees’ like its some dirty word only designated to black and brown people.

    • Desdemona says:

      ??? From what I’ve seen in my country, every newspaper and tv station calls them refugees…

  6. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    She just looks crushed and devastated in that picture. Broken.
    She summed up in one picture the reality for these refugees in Yemen ( and ALL refugees everywhere)

  7. sunny says:

    I love her for highlighting Yemen. The situation in Yemen has been terrible for years, particularly the starvation its IDP have been facing. I am glad she is bringing attention to a situation that has received far too little coverage.

  8. Mireille says:

    Refugees or oppressed communities that brown, black, and/or Muslim are largely ignored. Their plight is business as usual according to the white racist media — simply because “they’ve been fighting for years.” Yemen has been devastated by civil war and exacerbated by the Saudi government’s involvement. And the people are suffering from starvation. Take a look at the pictures of the Yemeni…they’re not the lily white Europeans that conservative and liberal newspapers of the world want on their front covers.

    I hope Angelina keeps safe too. When I was reading up on her trip to Yemen, there were mentions that she often gets death threats. I didn’t know this. Makes sense, considering she’s bringing awareness to communities that oppressive regimes are trying to hide from the media and public.

    • Nat says:

      Why does race have to matter here?
      Ukraine war is happening in Europe and the rest of European countries are helping their neighbours.
      Poland has so far taken in over 1mil refugees from Ukraine.
      Most people walk over to the Polish border as they’re running away from the war.
      Yemen crisis is happening on a completely different continent and I’m sure the countries that Yemen borders with is helping them as it’s a lot easier for them – Saudi Arabia or Oman.
      Nothing to do with the race…

      • bergamot says:

        If it has nothing to do with race, why don’t we have day by day reports from Yemen and individual stories of suffering on US tv news and on internet too? Yemen and Ukraine are about the same distance from US…

      • Coco says:

        I’m not sure where you have been, but the western media and other non western media have made this about race. By saying this shouldn’t be happening to civilized, blonde hair blue eyed white people and how the Brawn and black people are built for this type of thing to happen to them. Not to mention it has been noted how open countries have been to Ukraine people then they are to other refugees who they label as dangerous.

      • Nat says:

        I think it might have to do with the fact that Putin is threatening the whole world with nuclear weapon so yes – that’s why you hear about this war even in the US and also because USA is part of NATO but the Ukrainian refugees are running away to the neighbouring countries like Poland or Hungary or Moldova and not America.

      • Coco says:

        I’m pretty sure that bergamot is referring to the lack of coverage for the Yemen crisis overall in the U.S not just at this time only. If you can’t see the hypocrisy and the racism in that then you just don’t want to see it.

      • bisynaptic says:

        Saudi Arabia is a lot of why there’s a crisis in Yemen.

  9. Yonati says:

    I recommend “The Fox Hunt” by Mohammed Al Samawi, a refugee from Yemen who now lives in the U.S. His story is amazing, and includes help from people on Facebool that he had never met.

  10. ML says:

    1. Angelina Jolie is a national treasure. I love her and I admire her work with asylum seekers, children, women, education, bees… I’m glad she’s focusing on one (Yemen) of the many conflicts that have gotten less attention in the last months.
    2. Racism and war go hand in hand all too often. So do class, economic, educational, gender, religious, and ethnic differences. War sucks.
    3. Ukraine is different for people living in Europe due to the imminent threat level. Putin bombed a nuclear power plant that caught fire. For me, this is a similar distance from LA to Chicago without the Rocky Mountains in between. Everyone here remembers Chernobyl and this would be worse.
    Russian military jets and submarines have been invading EU/ NATO air/ water space on a regular basis since I moved to Europe over 2 decades ago. This has obviously gone from annoying to threatening.
    Putin has invaded Moldova. He has troop buildup by the Baltics and has harassed Finland and Sweden.
    About a decade ago, Putin turned off gas to Eastern Europe during the winter and thousands of people died due to the cold. Parts of Europe depend on that gas, including countries in the EU/ NATO.
    Ukraine/ Russia is the world’s bread basket and they also supply a good deal of fertilizer used worldwide.
    Putin is threatening a nuclear war, access to heat and food is being threatened and there’s a really good chance that he doesn’t just want to stop with Ukraine. This is what is holding Europe’s attention focused on Ukraine at the moment.

    • Desdemona says:

      Thanks, people don’t seem to be understanding that Europe could be totally destroyed. Newspaper outlet yesterday in my country: “If Putin destroys the nuclear powerplants, Europe is gone,”. I mean, when you see a fire starting at a nuclear powerplant caused by the Russian army using missiles… It’s pretty scary…

      By the way, Ukarinian refugees are already up to 1,7 million….

  11. Lynn says:

    So grateful to AJ for continuing to do this work. I cannot image how much strength it must take to visit these places and these victims and not get absolutely overwhelmed with grief and sadness. Kudos to her for this work.

  12. Facts says:

    I think people understand what’s going on in Ukaraine is an act of pure evil and that these people need help. She is just highlighting the sadness elsewhere. Will it ever end? All the while she is focusing on works of the world her egotistical selfish ex husband is suing her for selling her own shares to who he calls a Russian oligarch, which is untrue. May leave find her away from that Man.

    • Coco says:

      As I said an another post he projecting because when his own movies coming out seems to be funded by Putin and his friends entertainment media.