Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan visits Syrian refugees in Istanbul

The 'Mean Girls' star was moved by her visit to a hospital that treats refugees and offered to volunteer there, Turkey's youth and sports deputy minister said.
US actress Lindsay Lohan is pictured visiting a Syrian refugee family in Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district on September 25, 2016. Sultanbeyli Municipality Press Office/Handout/EPA
US actress Lindsay Lohan is pictured visiting a Syrian refugee family in Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district on September 25, 2016. Sultanbeyli Municipality Press Office/Handout/EPA

ISTANBUL // American actress Lindsay Lohan has visited Syrian refugees at an Istanbul hospital and the home of a refugee family from Aleppo, Turkey’s state-run news agency said on Monday.

The 30-year-old actress was accompanied by Turkey’s youth and sports deputy minister, Abdurrahim Boynukalin, the Anadolu agency reported.

Mr Boynukalin said media were not told about Lohan’s visit ahead of time to avoid creating a spectacle and he didn’t specify when it took place. However, the press office for the Sultanbeyli municipality in Istanbul said she visited the refugee family at their home in Sultanbeyli on Sunday.

“The important thing is that a Hollywood star take this matter seriously and bring it to the world stage,” he said.

He added that the star of films such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday was moved by the hospital, which employs only Syrian doctors and treats refugees, and offered to volunteer there.

Lohan also gave gifts to the refugee family.

* Associated Press

Published: September 26, 2016 04:00 AM

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