Angelina Jolie meets Ukrainians displaced by war during Lviv visit

UN special envoy speaks with volunteers and children during surprise trip

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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, popping into a bakery and going to the railway station to meet some of the people displaced by the war with Russia.

Jolie, 46, is a special envoy for the UN refugee agency, which says more than 12.7 million people have fled their homes in the past two months, representing about 30 per cent of Ukraine's pre-war population.

During the visit to the station, Jolie met volunteers working with the displaced, who told her that each of the psychiatrists on duty spoke to about 15 people a day.

Many of those in the station are children aged between 2 and 10, volunteers said.

"They must be in shock … I know how trauma affects children, I know just having somebody show how much they matter, how much their voices matter, I know how healing that is for them," she said in reply.

At one point during her visit to the station, Jolie tickled a small girl dressed in red, who laughed out in delight.

She also posed for photos with the volunteers and some of the children.

Angelina Jolie during her visit to a train station in Lviv that has been turned into a shelter. Reuters

Later the dressed-down star was spotted in a Lviv cafe by Maya Pidhoretska who posted a video on Facebook.

"I am having a coffee and I see Angelina Jolie in Lviv," said the surprised resident.

Last month, in her role as special envoy, Jolie visited Yemen, where millions of people have been displaced by war.

Updated: May 01, 2022, 7:59 AM
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