Ben Stiller met with Zelensky in Ukraine on World Refugee Day

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Ben Stiller met with Zelensky in Ukraine on World Refugee Day

Actor Ben Stiller met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday in Kyiv during a tour of the war-torn country to bring attention to the plight of refugees.

Stiller, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, was seen sitting next to the Ukrainian leader in photos released of his visit on World Refugee Day.

“Your trip to Irpin and Makariv, meetings with our people say a lot. We appreciate that you are here at this difficult time for our country,” Zelensky wrote in a message to Stiller on Telegram.

The “Zoolander” star has been meeting with families displaced by the Russian invasion.

“War and violence are devastating people all over the world,” Stiller said in a video message recorded in Ukraine. “Nobody chooses to flee their home.”

“Seeking safety is a right, and it needs to be upheld for every person,” he added.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller visits Lypki, Irpin, in Ukraine, Monday, June 20, 2022 on the occasion of World Refugee Day.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller visits Lypki, Irpin, in Ukraine, Monday, June 20, 2022 on the occasion of World Refugee Day.
Andrew McConnell/UNCHR via AP

Monday marked the 21st World Refugee Day, in which the United Nations and various non-governmental organizations draw attention to the plight of those forced to leave their homes for a better life worldwide.

The United Nations has called the war in Ukraine one of the largest forced displacements of civilians since World War II.

An estimated 13 million Ukrainians have been forced out of their homes since Russia invaded the country in late February. Of those, about 5 million have fled the country altogether, and 8 million are displaced internally within Ukraine.

Ninety percent of those fleeing the fighting are women and children, according to the UN.

Goodwill Ambassador actor Ben Stiller meets children at a UNHCR Protection Hub providing psycho-social support, SGBV prevention and response and child protection and legal aid services in Medyka, Poland June 18, 2022.
Ben Stiller has been meeting with families displaced by the Russian invasion.
UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via REUTERS
Goodwill Ambassador actor Ben Stiller visits a UNHCR Protection Hub providing psycho-social support, SGBV prevention and response and child protection and legal aid services in Medyka, Poland June 18, 2022.
Ben Stiller met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday in Kyiv.
UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via REUTERS

Worldwide, its estimated some 100 million people have been displaced by war and violence.

UN statistics show nearly 7 million people have fled the fighting in Syria, and nearly 5 million have fled the instability in Venezuela.

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