Angelina Jolie’s Powerful Speech

Oscar winning actress and Human Rights activist Angelina Jolie, who is the special envoy for UNHCR which helps child refugees in war-torn countries around the world has urged children to fight for universal human rights at The Royal Albert Hall.

The world human rights organisation Amnesty International has collaborated with Chickenshed Theatre to organise a performance based on Amnesty’s children’s book “Dreams of Freedom”, which consists of inspirational words from human activists Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai. Angelina Jolie spoke to 600 children at The Royal Albert Hall delivered a powerful speech. She said “Children, I need you. We all need you. We adults, we are a little lost these days, we want you to think that we have it all under control, that it will all be fine. And it will be. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; it’s like your secret book of laws. And if you can master it, no-one can trick you, or your friends. And you can take those laws and rights and go head on with those adults who won’t listen. With the power of not only what is right and fair, but what is law, you can fight back. And as you grow up, you will have the tools to protect yourselves and to defend others. It means you can grow up to be citizens who together can complete the work that my generation will leave unfinished and fight for universal human rights for all children”.

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-Akhila Kakarala with inputs from