Angelina Jolie marked world refugee day by visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi,Kenya. The actress who is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNCHR) visited over 200 girls living in the Heshima, Kenya, safe house.
She held an empowerment programme for the girls who either had fled violence or persecution from various African countries such as Somalia, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Burundi, South Sudan and Rwanda.
The visit is Jolie’s third to Kenya which houses over 491,000 refugees. Most of the refugees in Kenya struggle to survive on handouts from UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations, and many are struggling to recover from horrifying abuse and terror endured.
The girls in the empowerment project are provided with education, and training in a variety of skills to enable them to become self-reliant.Benedict, who oversees the Heshima Kenya programme, said: “When I see them, I don’t see refugees, I see human beings who are suffering not out of choice but because of circumstances beyond their control.”
Angelina Jolie in a statement said ““Over half of all refugees and displaced people worldwide are women and children. How we treat them is a measure of our humanity as nations. On World Refugee day my only ask is that people consider the pain and suffering of young girls like these.”