There are few celebrities who use their celebrity status in assisting the humanitarian crisis of the world. Veteran actress Angelina Jolie is one of those.
It was in 2001 when Angelina Jolie went to shoot Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in war-torn Cambodia where she was exposed to the horrors of the refugees worldwide.
Quite recently Angelina Jolie condemned the sexual violence held against the Rohingya women in Myanmar and vowed to stand beside them. Angelina Jolie is among the very few celebrities across the globe who spoke openly about the persecution of Rohingya refugees.
Throughout her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie traveled to many disaster-stricken countries, raised awareness for worthy global causes, and promoted humanitarian issues at a political level.
Jolie held the title of UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador from 2001 until 2012 when she was promoted to the rank of “Special Envoy,” in which she continues to advocate for the displaced and impoverished around the world.
Angelina Jolie has adopted three children from orphanages around the world – Maddox, Zahara, and Pax- and the lengths she went to adopt them give us an idea of her dedication.
In honor of her first adopted child, Maddox, Jolie started the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation to protect his native Cambodia from deforestation and encouraging conservation.
Being a widely celebrity, Jolie knew that she wouldn`t be able to stop the paparazzi from clicking her children. So she used their desperation to invade her children`s privacy for the greater good. The first photos of her biological children were sold to image agencies for staggering sums, and the money would be donated to charities.
The first photos of Shiloh were sold for $7.6 million which was donated to UNICEF and photos of twins Knox and Vivienne were sold for $14 million to benefit the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation.
Jolie worked to de-stigmatize the rape victims of war. Rape shouldn’t only be seen as violence against women, but as a weapon of war, Jolie thinks. ‘Women should know that it’s not their fault’, Jolie was quoted as saying. It’s Angelina Jolie’s continuous efforts that made the lives more bearable for countless women.
"Everywhere I went rape was the silent killer. But it became quickly clear to me that these women were not just the collateral damage of war. Rape was a strategic, organized scheme to destroy entire communities."