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Angelina Jolie Pitt: Refugee system breaking down

“Nations have to pull together”

is what Angelina Jolie-Pitt said this afternoon on the migrant crisis at BBC’s Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London. The international human system that deals with refugees is so “broken” that the UN has called a summit to address it. But how did things get so bad? An explainer in numbers – featuring This Week’s World presenter Emily Maitlis.

How the global refugee crisis got so bad – in numbers

Learn more here

It’s a once-in-a-generation moment

Fear of uncontrolled migration has “eroded public confidence” and ability of governments to control the situation, Angelina Jolie-Pitt tells BBC.

Watch the 40min interview with BBC’s Mishal Husain, and Angelina Jolie-Pitt, special envoy for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. It was organised as part of #WorldOnTheMove, a day of special reporting about how the movement of people is changing the world. BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet was here commenting too.

In her speech, Angelina says fear of uncontrolled migration has eroded public confidence in the ability of governments and international institutions to control the situation. “It has given space, and a false air of legitimacy, to those who promote a politics of fear and separation,” she says. “This has created the risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest, in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbours, and despite their international responsibilities.” (Source BBC News)

“I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.”

Angelina Jolie-Pitt already impressed us with her speech at the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (2013 Governors Awards) in the Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Keep going strong Mrs. Angelina Jolie-Pitt, we really do need more role models in today’s chaotic age….

Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World. 

Learn more about my personal role models: Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Francis Mallmann (Argentine chef – CLIP Netflix Chef’s Table), and Dutch humanitarian and businessman: Jacob Gelt Dekker (Vinger aan de pols – NPO). Watch Sérgio Vieira de Mello (Order book) (3rd United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) HBO truly inspirational documentary here:

“Never forget the real challenges and the real rewards are out there in the field, where people are suffering, where people need you.” 

FULL Sergio Vieira de Mello HBO documentary (2009) (1hr35min) 

Photo credit: BBC