Ben Stiller Shares Touching Selfie With Syrian Refugee Kid
R ecently, a lot many of your favorite celebrities are stepping out to visit the Syrian borders as part of the UNHRC team. And after Jesse Tyler from Modern Family, Ben Stiller took it up. The actor has shared touching stories of the Syrian refugee children that he met with.
Ben Stiller Visits Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Ben Stiller shared that he stopped at the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border in Lebanon. While meeting with the refugees, Ben Stiller expressed love to the 8 year old Yazan and his family. He sold vegetables to support his family of 3 brothers and sisters.
Apparently, his parents left during shelling in Damascus when he was only 4 months old. It was in the middle of the night, and they had to bribe a border guard to let them into Lebanon for it was becoming a war zone. Stiller shared that ever since then, Yazan had been cold and hungry. Not just that, but he has been at risk living in conditions that are hard to imagine. But even then, his smile was vital and beautiful.
Ben Stiller shared that he loved spending time there with the refugees. And he was happy to have met with Yazan and his family.
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Today with @refugees I loved meeting Yazan and his family. This 8 year old sells vegetables to support his family. They are Syrian Refugees living in the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border in Lebanon. He has 3 brothers and sisters and has lived in very challenging conditions his whole life. His parents left during shelling in Damascus when he was 4 months old, in the middle of the night through the war zone and bribed a border guard to let them escape into Lebanon. He has been hungry, cold and at risk. He has lived in conditions I can’t imagine, Yet his smile and playfulness are so incredibly vital and beautiful. So happy I got to spend time with him and his wonderful family today. #withrefugees #UNHCR #Lebanon #SyrianRefugees
Ben Stiller Uses His Power to Draw Attention Towards Refugees
This definitely was not the first time that Ben Stiller stepped up for refugees. Previously, the actor and director tried to use his star power to bring attention to the issue. And even believed that United States should be leading in the world trying to find a solution. He said that,
We can’t act out of fear. Nightline. I understand the fear. I want our country to be secure, but I think compassion and security are not mutually exclusive. This country has always opened its arms to immigrants, to refugees, to those fleeing persecution. It’s very important that we change the policy and we get back to doing what we have done.
Back in the same year, he traveled to the Azraq camp in Jordan to meet with refugees — more than 35,000 refugees living there had fled the bloodshed and terror of ISIS.
Ben Stiller is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian and director. He has appeared in several TV shows and movies which include Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and Meet the Parents.