Angelina Jolie speaks to and for refugees in Kenya

George Tzokas
By George Tzokas
June 20, 2017World News
Angelina Jolie speaks to and for refugees in Kenya
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, addresses International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) staff members and other attendees on June 20, 2017 in Nairobi during a training on the sexual violence prevention in conflicts. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie traveled to Kenya for World Refugee Day.

She met with young refugees there and listened to their stories.

“I am visiting Kenya to mark World Refugee Day,” said the actress and UNHCR Ambassador.

“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.”

Jolie met with many girls who had been the victims of sexual violence.

Sometimes the attackers were foreign soldiers—often they were soldiers sent to keep the peace.

Jolie addressed this, knowing it might not be a popular topic, but knowing also its importance.

“The horror of sexual violence is compounded when it is carried out by someone in uniform, by someone who has taken an oath to protect,” she said.

“So it is a responsibility of those who wear a uniform to take the lead now by correcting from within,  setting an example, and stepping forward with new commitment.”

This was Jolie’s third visit to Kenya.

The nation is home to some 491,000 refugees.

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