Angelina Jolie Mobbed and Shamed
Star faces criticism for not taking in refugees, despite asking Europe to help
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She’s been super busy helping her sizeable family settle in London while Brad Pitt starts work on his latest film project, but Angelina Jolie still took time out of her schedule for the good of mankind. The 40-year-old star has been helping Greek officials step up their response to Europe’s refugee crisis.
Crowd Flock to Ange
Fresh from attending a press conference, when she addressed the international community and urged leaders to do more to help those who have fled war-torn countries, she arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus and took some time to meet with displaced citizens as she was mobbed by refugees and members of the press. The actress and activist, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was photographed being overwhelmed in the middle of a large crowd, greeting children seeking asylum in Europe, as she headed to the local UNHCR office. At one point she even shouted at the press and told them to “back off” because she felt the overcrowding posed a danger to the children around her.
To Protect and To Serve
“I’m here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” Angelina stated in a press release. “I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected.” Her visit took place a day after she publicly pleaded with top politicians to dedicate more aid to those displaced by war, insisting the international community is failing desperate refugees. She highlighted the fact by stating officials in a number of countries have erected barriers to migration following the huge influx of refugees into Europe last year, and pleaded with other leaders to hold them to account.
However, Jolie and fellow Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney have been lambasted for their efforts after not taking in a single refugee between them. George, 54, owns two villas in Italy, a £10 million (Dhs52.9m) nine-bedroom mansion in England, a Mexican holiday home in Cabo and a large estate in Los Angeles. Brangelina also have a large property portfolio with a £35 million (Dhs185.5m) château in the south of France, a £4.5 million (Dhs23.8m) home in New Orleans and a house in California. Despite pleading with Europe to do better by refugees, none of the properties has taken in a single refugee.