UNITED NATIONS: Actress Angelina Jolie on Friday criticized the UN Security Council’s failure to end the war in Syria, as she appealed for urgent help for the growing ranks of Syrian refugees.
The Hollywood star spoke at the council in her role as special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which has seen her visit camps hosting victims of the Syrian crisis 11 times.
An estimated 3.9 million people have fled the country in four years of civil war.
“The purpose of the UN is to prevent and end conflict, to bring countries together, to find diplomatic solutions and to save lives,” said Jolie.
“We failed to do this in Syria.”
“The crisis is made worse by division and indecision within the international community preventing the Security Council from fulfilling its responsibilities,” Jolie said.
Jolie called for council “unity” to solve the crisis, and aid for the millions of Syrians who have fled to neighboring countries.
“If we cannot end the conflict, we have an inescapable moral duty to help refugees and provide legal avenues to safety,” Jolie said.
The actress spoke of a “sea of excluded humanity.”
“The crisis in Syria illustrates that our inability to find diplomatic solutions causes mass displacement, traps millions of people in exile, statelessness and displacement,” she said.
She also urged that attacks on schools and hospitals be investigated, as well as those in zones where civilians are trapped by conflict. The UN estimates that 440,000 people are in that situation.