It was “very hard” to see the situation of refugees from Ukraine: Ben Stiller


The actor Ben Stiller, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN agency for refugees, he stated that it has been “distressing” to listen to the experiences of people displaced by the Ukrainian conflict, adding that he hoped to shed light on their situation with his visit to the country.

The American actor pointed out that it is crucial that people don’t lose interest in warNow that it’s been several months.

Stiller, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, has traveled in recent days to Poland and Ukraine to meet with those who have fled their homes since the Russian invasion began.

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“It was definitely a different experience to be here in person and see the effects of the war and see how people are having to deal with it. It is distressing to see and hear the experiences these people have gone through.Stiller told Reuters in a telephone interview.

It was really hard to see And I think it was good to have come to have a different perception that you don’t get just by watching TV.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February, has claimed thousands of civilian lives, displaced millions of Ukrainians and reduced cities to rubble. Moscow says it is involved in a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

During his trip, which began in Poland, Stiller visited a UNHCR warehouse in Rzeszow, as well as the Medyka border crossing. In Ukraine, he traveled to Lviv, Irpin, badly damaged at the beginning of the conflict, and kyiv, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, to whom he said: “you are my hero”.

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The actor shared photos of his trip and posted a message on Monday asking for compassion on World Refugee Day. More than 12 million people have fled their homes since the start of the war, according to UNHCR.

“It’s natural for people to want to step back, especially in a situation like this, with a war that’s been going on for a while … as we deal with our own personal issues,” Stiller told Reuters. “But I think it’s also important to be aware of what’s going on in different parts of the world.”

Stiller was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in 2018 and has previously met with refugees in Germany, Jordan, Guatemala and Lebanon.

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