Angelina Jolie Talks Staying at Home with Her Children Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Angelina Jolie and her six children are safely under one roof as they make the most of their time spent together in quarantine after the family dealt with more than one medical challenge.
In the last couple of months, Angelina had been in and out of the hospital with her two daughters Zahara and Shiloh. Big sister Zahara required multiple surgeries while her younger sister Shiloh had to undergo hip surgery.
But now with social distancing regulations in place, the two sisters are at home with their siblings Pax, the twins Knox and Vivienne, and Maddox, who joined them after the university he attends in South Korea closed temporarily.
With the whole family under one roof, Angelina said that they are all “doing all right” while being “locked-in” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Even though the actress is confined to her home, she still actively advocates for the rights of children.
As Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and a contributing editor to TIME, Angelina had much to say about the plight of children when the world’s top leaders came together during the TIME 100: Finding Hope virtual summit.
Summit talks stirred around new realities brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic - a virus Angelina said now highlights “the cracks in our systems across the world.”
The actress shared glaring figures that showed that even before the pandemic, over 11 million children faced “severe food insecurity.” Additionally, 30 million children found themselves displaced, with another 258 million children not currently going to school worldwide.
“We should never have children around the world that vulnerable,” Angelina added.
Even though the virus itself poses a threat to children worldwide, the secondary effects of the outfall, such as schools closing down only compounds the issue.
For some children, the school provides more than just a place of education; it also serves as a place where they can get away from troublesome home environments, where they can find support and their only nutritious meal of the day.
Angelina noted that staying connected and caring for each other, especially now with people separated from the loved ones during the pandemic, is paramount, and added:
"I think it is so important that people hear that. To love each other, check-in with each other. Be there, be a support group."
Because Angelina Jolie is literally able to put her money where her mouth is, the actress did just that. With so many children unable to get healthy meals since schools closed amid the pandemic, she offered some relief with a hefty donation.
In aid of children in need during the pandemic, Angelina donated a million dollars to the No Kid Hungry Organization - who already joined the battle in reducing child hunger worldwide.
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