Angelina Jolie to address Syrian refugee crisis for BBC programs

Published April 10th, 2016 - 12:45 GMT
Angelina Jolie visited a temporary migrant center in Greece to discuss the plight of refugees. (AFP/File)
Angelina Jolie visited a temporary migrant center in Greece to discuss the plight of refugees. (AFP/File)

She has offered years of dedicated service to the cause of refugees.

And Angelina Jolie will showcase that experience when she delivers a keynote speech on the global refugee crisis as part of a day of special live programming at the BBC.

The 40-year-old actress will give the address on migration and its impact on the world in the programme World On The Move - which will be broadcast from the BBC Radio Theatre and across several BBC shows on May 16.

Her heartfelt words will be heard in a session hosted by the Today programme's Mishal Husain which will be broadcast live on Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC World News.

The mother-of-six, who is a Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said: 'The debate on the refugee crisis is often polarised and based on fear and misconceptions. 

'We need to have a rational discussion that focuses on how we strengthen the systems designed to protect those fleeing war and persecution, while understanding and taking into account the concerns of citizens in host countries.

'Above all, we need to address the conflict and insecurity that are the root causes of the mass movement of refugees.'

The actress added that she was 'looking forward to exploring these issues with the BBC and its global audience, and to a day of discussion in which all sides of the debate can be heard and long-term solutions can be identified and highlighted'.  

BBC News will dedicate the whole of May 16 to discussing migration and its global impact. 

The day is being co-ordinated by the Today programme team and other speakers include former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove.

Presenters John Humphrys and Sarah Montague are set to kickstart the morning with a discussion on reverse migration and the evening will include a live broadcast of the World Tonight from America.

Journalists from the BBC's 30 language services will be contributing and broadcasting from their respective regions.

The BBC's director of news and current affairs, James Harding, said: 'If the Today programme ran all day on one story, what new insights would it throw up? We've put together a day of programming involving BBC News and some of Radio 4's biggest programme strands to look at a key story of our time.

'An age of unprecedented mobility is shaping the world we live in for better and for worse.

'From Europe's immigration crisis, the refugee camps of the Middle East, and increased labour mobility from the developing world, the movement of people around the world in response to economic incentive or social unrest is shaping the biggest news stories of the year.'

Mr Harding said 'only the BBC can bring together people from around the world in a single day, to look at new ideas on a theme we've covered for many years'. 

Meanwhile Angelina, who is currently in the UK for six months as her husband Brad Pitt films films the sequel to zombie blockbuster World War Z, will spend her time working on humanitarian projects.

The Wanted actress will focus on issues related to the Syrian refugee crisis and European Union politics during her time in the UK, with the star travelling to the eastern city of Zahleh in Syria in March for a press conference.

Their six children - Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, nine, Vivienne and her seven-year-old twin Knox - are expected to enroll in the The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle school in London.

By Ekin Karasin


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