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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie calls for lasting ceasefire in Yemen

 

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie calls for lasting ceasefire in Yemen

 

Siblings Rahaf, 8, and Ahmed, 2, outside their tent at the Dharawan settlement in Yemen in May 2017. Displaced from Taizz governorate since early in the conflict, they miss their home.  © UNHCR/Mohammed Hamoud
Siblings Rahaf, 8, and Ahmed, 2, outside their tent at the Dharawan settlement in Yemen in May 2017. Displaced from Taizz governorate since early in the conflict, they miss their home. © UNHCR/Mohammed Hamoud

 

"Yemen is now on the brink of man-made famine, facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades."
 

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie calls for urgent action to help the people of Yemen in their desperate plight.

Jolie is in Seoul, South Korea, where some 500 Yemenis are being hosted after fleeing the conflict. More on her visit here: https://trib.al/G4lwXNu

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Angelina Jolie is in South Korea in her role as a Special Envoy for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, advocating for vitally needed support for refugees globally. Her visit to Seoul follows that of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on 23-24 October.

Meeting with South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki, who heads the ministry responsible for domestic refugee policies, Jolie expressed appreciation for South Korea’s efforts to help around 500 Yemenis who arrived in the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May. She acknowledged the importance of the thorough procedures and vetting in place as well as efforts to provide protection until the time when they are able to safely return to their country of origin. She also expressed UNHCRs wish to work more closely with the Korean authorities on strengthening their asylum system.

Angelina Jolie conveyed UNHCR’s thanks to the people of South Korea for their support to refugees worldwide.

 

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea Jung Woo-sung meet at the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Seoul to discuss global refugee issues and South Korea’s treatment of Yemeni refugees who arrived on the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May.  © UNHCR/Jae Yoon Kim
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea Jung Woo-sung meet at the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Seoul to discuss global refugee issues and South Korea’s treatment of Yemeni refugees who arrived on the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May. © UNHCR/Jae Yoon Kim