Hollywood star visits flood victims in Pakistan
Angelina Jolie visits Pakistan devastated by floods. Her journey aims to draw attention to the suffering of the people.
Hollywood actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie (47) visits the numerous flood victims in Pakistan. The aid organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) gave according to "CNN" in a statement. According to other media reports, Jolie had already landed in the Pakistani capital Islamabad this Tuesday (September 20).
Countless more deaths are imminent
With his visit, the star wanted the attention draw attention to the humanitarian catastrophe that is escalating there. Due to persistent monsoon rains in unprecedented proportions in combination with melting glaciers, around a third of the country and around 33 million people are affected by the floods. Over 1,500 people have already died, including many children.
According to the report, it could take up to six months before the water levels recede - diseases such as malaria or dengue fever would cost countless more lives.
call for help
jolie wants to get a first-hand overview of the extent of the disaster in order to "learn directly from those affected about their needs and about the steps that are necessary to avoid this suffering in the future."
As a result of climate change Pakistan one of the countries "bearing the greatest cost of a crisis they didn't create," writes the IRC. Through Jolie's visit, it is hoped that the "international community - especially the countries that contribute the most carbon emissions - will act and provide much-needed assistance to the countries that are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis."