Priyanka Chopra on Ukraine to world leaders: 'Largest refugee crisis...'| Video

Published on Apr 09, 2022 06:44 AM IST
"Will you give the billions they need?" Chopra says, seeking an amplification of the message. "This is the largest refugee crisis we've seen as human beings," the actor says at the end of the 1.5 minute-long clip.
Screengrab of video shared by Priyanka Chopra on social media.
Screengrab of video shared by Priyanka Chopra on social media.
ByIshika Yadav | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Actor Priyanka Chopra on Friday made a "direct appeal" to the world leaders to answer the calls for support over the humanitarian crisis unfolding in eastern Europe with the Ukraine war in its sixth week.

"We need you to take action to help the displaced people from Ukraine, and all around the world. Two million children have been forced to leave everything behind in search of safety in neighbouring countries. Together with 2.5 million children internally displaced, it's one of the largest large-scale displacements since world war 2," says the 39-year-old actor, who has been associated with the UNICEF for nearly a decade, in a video she shared on Instagram.

Underlining that "these numbers are staggering", she insisted that the "trauma will be carved" in the memories of these children "forever". "None of the children will ever be the same after what they've seen and what they've experienced... So the leaders of the UK, Germany, Japan, Norway, Australia when you meet and decide how much funding you will give to support humanitarian aid, will you stand up for refugees everywhere?” she asks.

"Will you give the billions they need?" Chopra says, seeking an amplification of the message. "This is the largest refugee crisis we've seen as human beings," the actor says at the end of the 1.5 minute-long clip.

More than 4.2 million Ukrainian refugees have now fled the country since the Russian invasion, the United Nations said in its latest update, adding that the humanitarian situation was worsening. Many of the world's top artists, entertainers, athletes and advocates also joined the global social media rally on Friday to raise billions in aid for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and support refugees worldwide.

Organised by ‘The Global Citizen’, the social media rally urges governments, institutions, corporations and individuals to help fund humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and other regions of the world.

Celebrities - Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish - used their social media accounts to publicise the effort using the hashtag #StandUpForUkraine, news agency AP reported.

In the latest set of updates coming from the war-hit nation, at least 50 people were killed and hundreds wounded as Russian troops bombed civilians waiting at a train station to be evacuated from the Donetsk region on Friday, Ukrainian authorities said as the war entered its 45th day.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and promised more sanctions and financial aid. The EU Commission head plans to host a Ukraine aid fundraiser in Warsaw on Saturday.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. In response to Russia's operation, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow.

(With news agency inputs)

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