In an Instagram post on Sunday, March 6, superstar actress Angelina Jolie told fans that she had arrived in Yemen’s city of Aden to help offer support to people who, like Ukrainians, are in desperate need of peace.
Angelina shared a few statistics about the difficulties that Yemenis are currently facing, and she called for more support for them, comparing the situation to that of Ukraine as Russia continues to invade the country.
“This week a million people were forced to flee the horrific war in Ukraine. If we learn anything from this shocking situation, it is that we cannot be selective about who deserves support and whose rights we defend,” Angelina wrote.
Yemen was referred to as a “forgotten conflict” in one of the Insta. slides that the actress shared. While in another one, she stated that a civilian is killed every hour of 2022, and 3 million children have been forced to leave school. Similar to Ukraine’s war with Russia.
“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,” Angelina captioned her post.
Angelina Jolie also noted that she was collaborating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist Yemenis displaced by the conflict, and she spoke about how many people were affected by the country’s conflict.
“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,” she said.
Angelina Jolie’s use of her platform to address global issues is far from being the first time. On February 25, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the actress and producer announced that she was working with the UNHCR and urged people to donate to help Ukrainian refugees.
She was also active during the period of high unrest in Afghanistan; in an emotional Instagram post on February 6, she shared a heartbreaking letter from a girl in Afghanistan to highlight the issues that Afghan women face.