Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie traveled to the Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, heading to the train station to meet people displaced by the war with Russia before leaving later after the air raid sirens went off.
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 around 30% of the pre-war Ukrainian population.
Kyiv residents reconsider city security after missile strikes
14-year-old boy held on $1million bail for murder and sexual assault of 10-year-old girl
Canada’s plan to cut house prices could backfire on Trudeau, experts say
During the station visit, Jolie met volunteers working with the displaced, who told her that each of the psychiatrists on duty spoke to around 15 people a day. Many of those at the station are children between the ages of 2 and 10, according to volunteers.
“They must be in shock…I know how much trauma affects children, I know someone is showing how much they matter, how much their voice matters, I know what a healing it is for them,” she said in response.
At one point during her visit to the station, she tickled a little girl dressed in red, who burst out laughing with delight. She also posed for photos with the volunteers and some children.
Later, anti-aircraft sirens began to sound, and Jolie with her aides quickly exited the station and got into a waiting car.
Last month, in her role as special envoy, Angelina Jolie traveled to Yemen, where millions of people have been displaced by war.
(Reporting by Reuters, writing by David Ljunggren)