Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie (Taking UN envoy Special Role in 2012, Representing the story, Photo credit: AP)

By Rashidat Akashat

Hollywood Star and UN diplomat, Angelina Jolie said the United States should treat the refugee and security threats “on facts, not fear,”

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According to New York (DPA), the estranged wife of Brad Pitt, said this in a letter she wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times.

Refugees “Are Often Victims Of Terrorism Themselves” Angelina Jolie

Rather than being the terrorists, refugees “are often victims of terrorism themselves” The Hollywood star wrote, responding to Us President Donald Trumps’s executive order, suspending the country’s refugee scheme.

“The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders,” Jolie wrote.

“But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear,” she said.

Jolie writes that Refugees are already subject to “the highest level of screening” for travellers to the US,  and less than 1 per cent of all refugees in the world get resettled, in the US or any other country.

“Nine out of 10 refugees live in poor and middle-income countries, not in rich Western nations,” Jolie said. “There are 2.8 million Syrian refugees in Turkey alone. Only about 18,000 Syrians have been resettled in America since 2011.”

Those put forward for protection “deserve the safety, shelter and fresh start that countries like ours can offer,” she added

Jolie has served as special envoy to the UN’s refugee agency since 2012. She said she has “visited countless camps and cities where hundreds of thousands of refugees are barely surviving.”