Lindsay Lohan decries injustice at UN, calls for change

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 12.10.2016 00:05 Modified 12.10.2016 00:07
Lindsay Lohan met Syrian children in a refugee camp during her visit to Turkey.
Lindsay Lohan met Syrian children in a refugee camp during her visit to Turkey.

American actress Lindsay Lohan, fresh off a visit to Syrian refugees in Turkey, criticized the composition of the U.N. where five powerful members shape global policies. Speaking to Daily Sabah columnist Hilal Kaplan in an interview for national TV channel ATV, Lohan expressed support for Ankara's call for a change in the structure of the international body for countries outside the five permanent members to have more of a say on international issues.

Lohan threw off her support for the slogan "The world is bigger than five," which is adopted by Turkish leaders for change at the U.N. and said five countries should not decide the fate of millions of people from different faiths and different cultures. She said it was a problematic system and should be revised.

She also praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for opening doors to Syrian refugees and Turkey's aid to refugees.

After a question about whether she was working on a new film, Lohan said she would be interested in working on a film about refugees.

Lohan, who was in Turkey last month for the promotion of a Turkish company, visited a refugee camp for Syrians in the southeastern city of Gaziantep and met a Syrian family living in Istanbul's Sultanbeyli district twice during her visit to the country as part of her humanitarian mission for Syrian refugees, currently one of the largest group of refugees due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

President Erdoğan frequently criticizes the U.N. structure, saying that it is an obstacle to resolving ongoing problems around the world and emphasizes more representation for the oppressed throughout the world. Hosting almost half of the 4.2 million displaced Syrians in the region over the past three years, Turkey has borne the largest share of the refugee burden. Contributing nearly $9 billion to humanitarian aid during the ongoing Syrian crisis, Turkey's aid for Syrian refugees has been 20 times that of the aid received from international organizations, according to the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Lohan, who rose to fame with Disney films "Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday" and became a household name as a teenage idol in the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," gained the admiration of the Turkish public by reaching out to refugees in the country who either live in camps or depend on humanitarian aid. The 30-year-old Hollywood star showered the refugee children she visited in Gaziantep and Istanbul with presents. Her easygoing attitude also garnered affection from the Turkish public when she showed up at a press conference wearing a headscarf. Lohan has expressed her admiration for an aid worker at the refugee camp she visited who gave the actress the headscarf when Lohan told her she liked the colorful garb.

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