Angelina Jolie is adding another gig to her resumé – contributing editor for Time magazine.
Time Magazine CEO and editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal announced on Wednesday that the 43-year-old actress and philanthropist will write a piece every month, focusing primarily on displacement, conflict and human rights. Her work will appear across Time’s global platforms.
The actress is a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with experience of more than 60 field missions, including those in Colombia, Peru and Bangladesh. The actress will be drawing from this experience while she works for the media outlet.
In her first article, which is titled, “Angelina Jolie: What We Owe Refugees,” the actress wrote about the importance of making a distinction between refugees and migrants. She explained how this issue has become highly politicized, with some politicians “deliberately” using these two terms interchangeably in their “hostile rhetoric that whips up fear against all outsiders.”
The Salt actress also shared that the natural human response to warfare and conflict is to flee. While humans have a flight or fight response to threats, as a parent, our primary instinct is to get our children to safety.
In her words;
At the first sign of armed conflict or persecution, the natural human response is to try to take your children out of harm’s way.
As a solution to the ongoing global refugee problem, Jolie suggested that world leaders should focus on “ long-term peace based on justice, rights and accountability to enable refugees to return home.”
The article was published online on Wednesday, 20th June 2019 – in honour of World Refugee Day, and will appear in the July 1 issue of the print magazine.
You can read the full article here.