Angelina Jolie’s visit to the Ukrainian city of Lviv to meet with people displaced by the war with Russia was interrupted and shortened by the sounding of sirens warning citizens of the approaching attack.
In one of the city’s reception centers, the UN Special Envoy for Refugees met with volunteers working with displaced Ukrainian citizens, many of them between the ages of 2 and 10. The group that received him told him that each psychiatrist on duty spoke to about 15 people a day.
“They must be in shock. I know how trauma affects children, and I know that having someone show them how much they matter, how much their voice matters, is healing,” he replied.
During the visit, Angelina Jolie tickled the girl, who was wearing a red dress and laughing with joy. He took pictures with the volunteers and some of the children. A minute later the sirens sounded and Jolie was quickly forced to leave the building and get into the waiting car.
The UN has so far caused more than 12.7 million displaced people in the last two months, representing about 30 percent of Ukraine’s pre-war population.
Last month, also in the role of Special Envoy, the 46-year-old actress visited Yemen, where millions of people were also displaced by the war.