Today, on World Refugee Day 2022, Ben Stiller, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called for compassion and support for all refugees around the world and those forced to flee.
During a visit to Poland and Ukraine this week, where Stiller is meeting those recently forced to flee their homes, the actor, director, and long-term Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, is calling for urgent global support and funding, not only for those affected by the Ukraine crisis, but for every one of the 100 million around the world who have been forced to flee.
In a statement to mark World Refugee Day today, Stiller said:
“I’m here meeting people forced to flee their homes due to the war in Ukraine.
People have shared stories about how the war has changed their lives – how they’ve lost everything and are deeply worried about their future.
Over the years I’ve had the chance to meet refugees and asylum seekers from around the world-from Syria, Central America, Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Ukraine.
In so many parts of the world, war and violence devastate people and leave lasting traumatic effects. Wherever and whenever it happens, nobody chooses to flee their home.
Seeking safety is a right and it needs to be upheld for every person.
Protecting people forced to flee is a collective global responsibility. We have to remember this could happen to anyone, anywhere.”