Angelina Jolie, a well-known international humanitarian, has come to Pakistan to assist the communities impacted by the terrible floods. 33 million people have been affected by the country’s widespread flooding and heavy rains, which have also flooded a third of the land.
Jolie, who previously visited victims of the 2010 floods in Pakistan, and the 2005 earthquake, will visit the IRC’s emergency response operations and local organizations assisting displaced people including Afghan refugees.
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Pakistan, which has contributed just 1% of global carbon emissions, is also the second largest host of refugees globally, its people having sheltered Afghan refugees for over forty years.
Jolie will highlight the need for urgent support for the Pakistani people and long-term solutions to address the multiplying crises of climate change, human displacement and protracted insecurity we are witnessing globally.
The international humanitarian will witness firsthand how Pakistan and other nations are bearing the brunt of the expense of a crisis they did not start. The IRC hopes that her visit would shed light on this matter and inspire the international community—particularly states that are the biggest contributors to carbon emissions—to take action and offer immediate assistance to nations suffering the most from the climate disaster.
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Many Pakistani celebrities are also working to collect donations for flood relief such as Hadiqa Kiani, who started a campaign for the cause by the name Vaseela-e-raah.
Prior to this, Jemima Goldsmith also put her film What’s Love Got To Do With It for auction in order to collect funding for the flood situation.