‘Suffering Here Is Unimaginable’: Angelina Jolie Highlights Yemen Refugee Crisis

Angelina Jolie is currently spending three days in Yemen.

Angelina Jolie is speaking out in support of the people of Yemen amid the country’s ongoing civil war. An envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie landed in Aden, Yemen, on Sunday, seeking to draw attention to the ongoing civil war and the related refugee crisis, which she compared to the situation in Ukraine.

“I’ve landed in Aden, to meet displaced families and refugees for UNHCR @refugees and show my support for the people of Yemen,” Angelina Jolie wrote in a video on her verified Instagram account over the weekend.  “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,” she continued. “The situation here is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, with one civilian killed or injured every hour in 2022,” wrote Jolie. “An economy devastated by war, and over 20 million Yeminis depending on humanitarian assistance to survive.”

Jolie, who is currently spending three days in Yemen, continued, “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. Everyone deserves the same compassion. The lives of civilian victims of conflict everywhere are of equal value. After seven years of war, the people of Yemen also need protection, support, and above all, peace.”

According to a release obtained by PEOPLE, Angelina Jolie has “met both internally displaced Yemenis as well as refugees in the north and south of the country,” and says, “The level of human suffering here is unimaginable.”

“For every day that Yemen’s brutal conflict continues, more and more innocent lives are lost and more people will continue to suffer,” she said. “We live in a world where suffering and horror dominates headlines, but where such headlines can result in overwhelming displays of compassion and international solidarity.”

Since 2014, Yemen has been enduring a civil war, with both the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi-led Yemeni government and the Supreme Political Council’s Houthi movement claiming to run the country. Millions of Yemeni civilians continue to face starvation due to famine, while more than 100,000 have reportedly died amid the conflicts, which include Saudi Arabia-backed bombing campaigns.

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