The Renowned Rescue Committee (IRC) said Tuesday that Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood icon and international humanitarian, will go to Pakistan to assist communities affected by the devastating floods.
As a result of the country’s extensive severe rains and flooding, over 1,500 people have perished, 33 million have been impacted, and one-third of the country has been submerged in water.
Jolie is in town to assess the situation and hear from individuals who have been directly touched by the water. According to the IRC, she will be listening to their tales, addressing their needs, and debating ways to minimize future suffering.
Jolie is scheduled to tour the International Rescue Committee’s disaster response activities as well as local organisations that assist displaced individuals, particularly Afghan refugees. As the UNHCR’s goodwill ambassador, Jolie has visited victims of the 2010 floods and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Pakistan is also the world’s second-largest refugee host country. Afghan refugees have been sheltered by people of the country for more than 40 years.
Jolie will call attention to the urgent need for relief for the people of Pakistan, as well as long-term solutions to the world’s present difficulties of climate change, mass migration, and continuous instability.
She will see firsthand how Pakistan and other countries are feeling the weight of a crisis that they did not cause.
The International Republican Committee (IRC) expressed hope that her visit will shed light on the issue and inspire the international community—particularly governments that contribute the most to carbon emissions—to act and provide immediate assistance to nations bearing the brunt of the climate disaster.
According to the IRC‘s most current needs assessment, people urgently require access to food, clean water, shelter, and medical care. Everyone questioned by the organization indicated that menstrual hygiene products are inaccessible to women and girls.