My heart is with the people of Pakistan: Angelina Jolie
Jolie, who is visiting Pakistan to show solidarity and support for flood victims, stated that the countries that have contributed least to climate change are suffering its most vicious impact. “I’ve never seen anything like this and I have been to Pakistan many times,” she said.
Jolie said that she first came to Pakistan because of the generosity the people of the country had shown to the people of Afghanistan over the years as a host country. “It is often seen that the countries that don’t have as much give more than so many other countries,” she continued.
The tragedy, the suffering, and the deaths are now disproportionately occurring in nations that are generating less environmental harm, she claimed. “I wholeheartedly support your call for the international community to step up its efforts. We frequently discuss help please, relief, and support, but this is something quite different, in my opinion” she added.
The actor said that the flood devastation in Pakistan was a wake-up call for the entire world. “Climate change is not only real and it is not only coming, but it is also here,” she warned.
“Even as somebody who has been in humanitarian aid for many years we think of crisis on how to solve it and what can we do in order to help rebuild or help the children. Now we’re in a situation like this where the needs are so great and truly every effort means life or death for so many people.”
With the Pakistan Army and her colleagues from the International Rescue Committee, Jolie claimed that she had been touring the flood-affected areas (IRC).
“I’ve seen the lives that were saved but I’ve also seen… I’ve been speaking to people and thinking that if enough aid doesn’t come they won’t be here in the next few weeks… they won’t make it,” she added.
Jolie said that so many children have been rendered malnourished due to the devastating floods. “Even if they make it next few months with the winter coming and the destruction of the crops and the hard reality … I am overwhelmed but I feel it is not fair to say that because I am not living this so I simply try to speak out for help. I can’t even imagine what it feels like to be there.”
Jolie said that she is in Pakistan as a friend. “I will return and continue to return and my heart is very, very much with the people at this time,” she further said.
She urged the international community to send more aid to help flood victims in Pakistan. “I keep thinking that if more help does not come quickly, they will not make it.”
Deputy Chairman NFRCC Ahsan Iqbal welcomed the American actor and thanked her for visiting Pakistan during the most devastating floods in the history of the country.