To mark World Refugee Day, Angelina Jolie was spotted in Nairobi after leaving Los Angeles on Father’s Day with children.
As UNHCR Special Envoy, the 42-year-old actress has an important role in helping refugees and victims of sexual violence. She spoke in defense of refugees and against sexual violence in war zones, and met with adolescent female refugees at a Kenyan home which houses refugee girls who fled unaccompanied or split from their parents while fleeing conflict.
“It is a day when we at UNHCR ask everyone to stop and consider all the displaced people around the world. 65 million people, the absolute majority living in low or middle income countries dealing with conflict or crisis or economic challenges of their own,” said Jolie.
“The role of sexual violence is compounded when it is carried out by someone in uniform who has taken an oath to protect,” the actress added. During the day, the star also visited at least 20 of the girls at the Heshima Kenya Safe House. They had fled conflict in the DRC, South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Rwanda. Almost all had experienced sexual and gender-based violence, and many had given birth after being raped or were pregnant.
The trip marked Jolie’s third visit to Kenya, home to nearly 491,000 refugees.