With the rising refugee crisis in the Middle East, Angelina Jolie has warned that the international humanitarian system for refugees is breaking down.
She further went to say that more 60 million people were displaced globally which is more than any time in the past 70 years.
“This tells us something deeply worrying about the peace and security of the world,” adding: “The average time a person will be displaced is now nearly 20 years.”
Angelina further goes on to address the issue saying, “number of conflicts and scale of displacement had grown so large” the system to protect refugees is simply broken. Some of the reasons for her statement was because it’s drastically under-funded.
“With this then the state of today’s world, is it any surprise that some of these desperate people, who are running out of all options and who see no hope of returning home, would make a push for Europe as a last resort, even at the risk of death?”
The actress who has been working with UNHCR for several years now further highlighted that the people in the west neither at the centre of the refugee crisis nor are they making the greatest sacrifice.
According to report by BBC, Jolie also warned, that amid a “fear of uncontrolled migration” there was a “risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest, in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbours, and despite their international responsibilities”.
Isolationism was not the answer, she said, adding: “If your neighbour’s house is on fire you are not safe if you lock your doors. Strength lies in being unafraid.”
She urged the world to rally together and tackle the refugee crisis together, “Whether we succeed will help define this century… the alternative is chaos.”