Angelina Jolie visits Ukraine as part of UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie

By Reuters

U.S. actor and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie poses for a picture with children, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine April 30, 2022.
U.S. actor and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie poses for a picture with children, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Lviv, Ukraine April 30, 2022.
UNHSCR special envoy and U.S. actor Angelina Jolie visited a railway station in the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday.

Jolie met with and spoke to volunteers about the trauma of war, and the support they had been given, especially to children.

“I know just having somebody show how much they matter, how much their voices matter, I know how healing that is for them,” Jolie said.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) is expecting some 8.3 million people to flee Ukraine this year, revising up its previous projection.

More than 12.7 million people have fled their homes in the past two months, including 7.7 million people displaced internally and more than 5 million who have fled over borders, UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told a U.N. news briefing.

During the visit to the station, Jolie met volunteers working with the displaced, who told her that each of the psychiatrists on duty spoke to about 15 people a day. Many of those in the station are children aged from two to 10, according to volunteers.

“They must be in shock … I know how trauma affects children, I know just having somebody show how much they matter, how much their voices matter, I know how healing that is for them,” she said in reply.

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