Remember when Shiloh Jolie-Pitt & Angelina Jolie touched hearts in Lebanon, take a nostalgic dive
Flashback to 2015: Angelina Jolie Pitt & daughter Shiloh's poignant visit to Lebanon, meeting Syrian refugee Hala, emphasizing the dire refugee situation.
Angelina Jolie (Source: International Business Times)
The bond between Angelina Jolie Pitt and her daughter, Shiloh, has always been unbreakable. However, in 2015, their relationship took a deep, poignant dive, far from the glamor of Hollywood, into the heart of Lebanon, touching the lives of refugees. Amidst Lebanon's picturesque landscapes lay stories of pain, displacement, and hope. A special person in this narrative was Hala, a 12-year-old Syrian girl living in a tented settlement in the Bekka Valley, a poignant reflection of the massive refugee crisis that the world was grappling with. Angelina had met her a year earlier during her UN missions.
"Shiloh is very aware that I hold refugee families in high regard," Angelina shared, hinting at the deep compassion her daughter carried for these families. “She had heard about Hala since my last visit to Lebanon, and has been wanting to meet her and her brothers and sisters.” Their eventual meeting was a blend of innocence, friendship, and a shared understanding of the harrowing situations that refugees face. Angelina further remarked, "So many refugees are children. I’ve often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends.”
As statistics from UNHCR stated, over half of the 1.2 million refugees in Lebanon were children. An alarming 60 million people worldwide found themselves displaced. Jolie Pitt's words after meeting Hala again were heart-wrenching, "Their memories of Syria are fading. They have stopped counting the days in displacement. Nothing is certain, and they feel abandoned.” Angelina reflected on the profound impact the visit had on Shiloh, “Upon leaving the family, Shiloh asked many questions...She said she felt sad, but was happy that she went and is looking forward to the next visit.”
After their impactful time in Lebanon, Angelina and Shiloh continued their journey to the Midyat Camp in Turkey to mark World Refugee Day. Their commitment to shedding light on the plight of refugees stood as a testament to their enormous hearts. Revisiting this journey today, it stands as a powerful reminder of the responsibility we hold towards fellow human beings, irrespective of borders, and the profound influence of celebrities using their platform for change.
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