Angelina Jolie visited flood ravaged Pakistan this week to bring attention to that country’s humanitarian plight. Speaking with CNN, Jolie said there is “no choice but to be optimistic and to have hope.”
Despite this optimism, the situation in Pakistan is dire, with millions injured and displaced.
“The floods here in Pakistan have affected almost 21 million people — it is one of the biggest humanitarian crises the world has seen,” said Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief.
So far, 1,738 people have died from the floods and resulting diseases, according to the Pakistan Disaster Authority. Additionally, water-borne illnesses have been spreading rapidly. Over 1 million Pakistanis have serious diarrhea and other infections. About 65,000 cases of malaria have also been reported.
While visiting, Jolie toured the flood ravaged areas of Pakistan, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region near Afghanistan. Jolie is in Pakistan as the personal envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
The UN and Jolie hope the visit will focus additional attention of the terrible situation in Pakistan and help lead to more financial support. Of the $460 million requested by the UN so far, only $294 million has been donated. According to Maurizio Giuliano, the spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the flooding in Pakistan is “one of the worst humanitarian disasters in UN history, in terms of number of people that we have to assist and also the area covered.”
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