AP Photo/Amel Emric
AP Photo/Amel Emric
Angelina Jolie is flexing her famous writing muscles once again...and for a good cause, as always.
After penning deeply emotional op-eds for the New York Times in 2013 and 2015 following a shocking double-mastectomy and subsequent removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries, Jolie's raising her voice—and journalistic prowess—again for another cause close to her heart: the Syrian refugee crisis.
In an op-ed for the U.K.'s The Times, Jolie's words are sharp and sensitive as she describes Syria as a "killing field" and discusses the "wave of human suffering" that has pushed Syrians to the brink of poverty, fear, and desperation—the kind of suffering she recounted firsthand in another op-ed for the New York Times back in January.
"The responsibility to help is not determined by the accident of geography but by adherence to universal human rights and values. It transcends religion, culture and ethnicity," Jolie wrote in The Times op-ed, published Tuesday. "We should not be reaching for the lowest common denominator in our response to the refugee crisis, but striving to live up to our highest ideals. Every country in the world, not just in Europe, must be a part of the solution."
After entreating the international community to aid Syria and its neighboring countries, Jolie called for equality between migrants who are escaping financial destitution and refugees making one last desperate effort to save their lives.
"All people on the move in these tragic circumstances must have their human rights and dignity respected and their needs understood and addressed," she wrote. "We should not stigmatize anyone for the aspiration to a better life."
Never failing to practice what she preaches, the Oscar-winning actress and mother of six has pulled double duty as a humanitarian for most of her adult career. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001 and promoted to Special Envoy with a focus on refugee crises in 2012.
"The way we respond now will confirm what kind of countries we are, the depth of our humanity and the strength of our democracies," she continued.
You go, girl!