Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Posted on June 20, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, About ATP, Disasters, People
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Adil NajamToday, June 20, is World Refugee Day. In most years, most of us may not have thought much about it. This year, we cannot afford to ignore it.

Hollywood power-couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are also UNHCR goodwill ambassadors and longtime friends of humanitarian causes worldwide, including in Pakistan, just announced a US$ 1 million donation to assist displaced Pakistanis.

As Pakistanis we thank them for this generous gesture. As Pakistanis let us also view this as a reminder of our own responsibilities to reach out to and assist our own.

Readers at ATP have already been extremely generous in this regards. In our last campaign (last month) readers raised US$ 4,780 from direct donations. On our part, we had added another US$ 2,220 to that to make it a round US$7,000 (Pak Rs. 560,000). Of this, two tranches of donation were already given – to the Edhi group in Pakistan and directly to UNHCR. A third tranche is now being sent – again, evenly distribted between the Edhi group and UNHCR. This means that the funds donated till now have been evenly given to these two.

We are starting a short campaign again today (we will keep this open for only a few days) and hope that our readers will again show their generous spirit to whatever extent that can. We remain committed to add to whatever is raised from our own advertising revenue. As before, it does not matter how much you can give, what you give, how you give, or even where you give – if you find our widget useful give here, if you can give directly to the many many worthy organizations that are doing extremely good work. But do please remember to give. These IDPs (internally displaced people) are Pakistanis who were at the frontline of a battle that all of us are fighting. Their sacrifices are for all of us, and we all must demonstrate this in whatever way we can.

Pakistan has been at the epicenter of the global refugee crisis for decades now. And with over 2 million Pakistanis displaced in their own country becasue of the havoc wrecked in the Swat region, the global refugee crisis is even more local to Pakistan than it has been before.

Thank you, Angelina Jolie. For keeping this issue alive in the international media. Thank you, for making your donation at the right time – a time when attention had just begun to be diverted. Thank you, for reminding all of us – Pakistani or not – that this is a human crisis before it is a national crisis. Even as our Pakistani heartstrings are pulled by the plight of the Swat IDPs because they are our own, let us never forget the most important lesson of all – they, and all of us, are humans before we are anything else. Thank you, Angelina Jolie, for that reminder.

37 responses to “Thank You, Angelina Jolie”

  1. AishaFbi786 says:

    @ jock:

    I did not mean I will be ceasing from posting altogether, just from posting any more on this article…lol…I love ATP too much.

  2. jock says:

    @Aisha

    You’ll be missed…:)…Zealots are often the spice of life….:D. ATP’s comment section owes some of its best debates to them…

    Take care
    jock

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