Angelina Jolie is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In her speech “Refugee system breaking down”, she says:
“Populations uprooted are the future of their countries. These are decent families registering and waiting peacefully for a chance to return home. And the majority of them are women and children. We should never make them feel like beggars, or worse like a commodity to be traded between countries, a burden, or even a threat, or that their children are not considered equal to others.”
We don't need to make them feel their children are not considered equal to others. They are not, and it's so obvious, so right in front of everyone's eyes. Eyes that are blind...
Or perhaps I should say eyes that are blinded by being brought up in a world with borders, believing the status quo to be the ultimate just reality.
“Decent families...” Yes, if you register and wait peacefully, if you do not cause any problems for the “authorities”, then you are called “decent”. Well... Of course I do not want more uproar in the world which has enough conflicts the way it is, but I wish there were more indecent ones among them as what the world is doing to them, putting them in such a situation, not letting them go somewhere on the planet they were born is an unacceptable injustice, it is outrageous and deserves an uproar.
Jolie, obviously, feels the need to say the majority of them are women and children. Seriously... Why the discrimination? I mean I have sensitivities for women and children. I believe children and women need to be protected and taken care of. However, this is about the justice of being able to move around the world. What about men?
Actually you know what; we should confine all able-bodied and fit men, regardless of their nationalities, to the town they were born and let women and sick men move around with their children. That might be an interesting experiment!
PS: Please read the full version of the analysis of this speech.