From Angelina Jolie to Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Sean Penn: more and more Hollywood stars are campaigning for Ukraine not only through donations, but also through direct visits to the war zone. Now the “Zoolander” and “Night at the Museum” actor Ben Stiller (56) has joined this ranks of committed celebrities.
On Saturday, in his capacity as UNHCR Ambassador, he first traveled to Rzeszow, Poland on the Ukrainian border to meet volunteers there before moving on to Lviv to speak directly with displaced Ukrainians. Stiller’s visit coincided exactly with the weekend before tomorrow’s World Refugee Day, Monday 20 June.
“I have just arrived in Poland with UNHCR to meet families whose lives have been torn apart by war and violence in Ukraine,” he wrote in a joint post with UNHCR on Instagram, where he shared a picture of himself speaking with UNHCR -helpers and aid packages shared. “Millions have been forced to flee their homes, with over 90 percent being women and children. I’m here to learn, share stories that illustrate the human impact of war and amplify calls for solidarity.”
Stiller also shared an appeal to his followers and fans: “I hope that many people will join us and share their own messages of support for people who have fled their homes in Ukraine – as well as for people who have fled around the world world were forced to flee.”
The actor stressed that “Everyone has the right to seek safety. Whoever, wherever and whenever.”