Ben Stiller makes visit to Poland to meet refugees fleeing war in Ukraine

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Ben Stiller (Andrew McConnell / UNHCR)
Ben Stiller (Andrew McConnell / UNHCR)

Ben Stiller has arrived in Poland to meet refugees who have been forced to flee Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the state.

The 56-year-old actor, who is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), arrived in Rzeszow, Poland on Saturday to help highlight the growing needs for those forced who have been to leave their homes due to the invasion.

While there he will meet families to help share “stories of the human impact of war” and to “amplify calls for solidarity” ahead of World Refugee on June 20.

Upon landing, Stiller posted an Instagram statement that said: “I’ve just arrived in Poland with UNHCR to meet families whose lives have been torn apart by war and violence in Ukraine. Millions have been forced to flee their homes, with over 90 per cent being women and children.

“I’m here to learn, to share stories that illustrate the human impact of war and to amplify calls for solidarity.

“I hope you’ll follow along and share your own messages of support for people who have fled their homes in Ukraine and for people who have been forced to flee all over the world. Everyone has the right to seek safety. Whoever. Wherever. Whenever.”

In a post shared on Twitter, the UN wrote: “UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador @BenStiller is at the Ukraine border today to meet families whose lives have been torn apart by war and violence, to share stories of the human impact of war, and to amplify calls for solidarity.

“Everyone has the right to seek safety.”

The actor has been supporting the UN Refugee Agency since 2016.

He has since travelled with the UNHCR to do humanitarian work with refugees in countries including Germany, Jordan and Lebanon.

He travelled to Washington, DC in 2019 and testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee imploring the US government to “not look away” and to continue providing aid for those left displaced by the civil war in Syria.

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