Angelina Jolie is famous for being a philanthropist and her love for children. She’s been working with several non-government organizations for years now. As the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world and affecting millions of families, the Maleficent star is speaking out and reminding everybody to look out for children in need amid the pandemic.
Angelina wrote in an article in Time that as much as the pandemic is making people rethink about our humanity, the overall protection of children is most important and urgent of all. She added that they may not be as susceptible to COVID-19 as other age groups, they’re still very vulnerable especially to the secondary impacts of the virus.
According to Academy Award winner, people are practicing social distancing which could trigger trauma and suffering among children. Why is this so? She said that there’s no way for them to escape the stress they’re in while at home and in some cases, they could also be suffering from domestic violence.
She wrote that it is during this time of pandemic that these children don’t have access to their support networks that help them cope with their struggles such as their most trusted friends and teachers as well as the after-school activities they engage in. They can’t also visit their relatives who provide them with an escape from being in an abusive environment. She added that the virus cut children off from their school, friends and freedom of movement.
Angelina’s son, Maddox, even had to pause on college. She went on to ask readers as to what people are doing now in order to protect these vulnerable children who are suffering from harm while on quarantine and how it will affect their lives forever.- Advertisement -
To start, Angelina said people can call families or friends like those they know might have someone who is vulnerable. Further, she mentioned getting assistance from organizations such as The Child Helpline Network as well as The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
To end, Angelina shared that it takes a village to raise a child so it will also take the whole country’s effort to protect children and give them the care they deserve.
As reported earlier, Angelina Jolie donated $1 Million to No Kid Hungry organisation.