Highly famed Hollywood actress and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Julie has urged the world leaders to do more to prevent the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Angelina Julie visited Kurdistan during her official two-day United Nations trip. She visited a refugee camp where she met the survivors of Islamic State attacks. Thousand of Christians and Yazidis are taking refuge in this camp. These refugees were forced to abandon their homes in Mosul after the attacks by the militant group Islamic State who have taken over swathes of Syria and Iraq.
According to estimates more than a million refugees are now living in the region as a result of the Syrian civil war and ISIS overtaking large swathes of Iraq.
Angelina Julie met with families living in makeshift homes, took a tour of the nearby area and gave a speech to the hundreds of refugees and politicians who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood star. “Since I was last here in Iraq, another two million people have been forced from their homes. Mostly in the last six months – this time Iraqi citizens. Too many innocent people are paying the price of the conflict in Syria and spread of extremism. The international community has to step up and do more,” she said. “It is not enough to defend our values at home. We have to defend them here, in the camps and in the informal settlements across the Middle East, and in the ruined towns of Iraq and Syria. We are being tested here, as an international community, and so far – for all the immense efforts and good intentions – we are failing,” she said at a press conference at the Khanke Camp for IDPs.