CAIRO: Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Priyanka Chopra, was amazed by the popularity of Hindi cinema in Jordan as the actor spent some quality time with the children on her maiden visit to a Syrian refugee camp there.
The 35-year-old “Quantico” star shared a video of a teenager named Wafaa on Instagram, where the girl talked about her love for Katrina Kaif.
Priyanka dedicated the post to the “Jagga Jasoos” actor on behalf of Wafaa, writing, “This is a special shout out to one of Indias biggest movie stars. @katrinakaif this video is just for you, all the way from Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan.”
Priyanka added, “This is Wafaa, one of your biggest fans and her message roughly translated is, I love Katrina Kaif a lot and I am one of her fans. I have watched all her movies and never missed one, even if a movie is played more than once I watch it. I love you Katrina and love your beauty.”
This is a special shout out to one of Indias biggest movie stars. @katrinakaif this video is just for you, all the way from Za'atari Refugee camp in Jordan.This is Wafaa, one of your biggest fans and her message roughly translated is "I love Katrina Kaif a lot and I am one of her fans. I have watched all her movies and never missed one, even if a movie is played more than once I watch it. I love you Katrina and love your beauty." I was especially told to give messages of love to these Massive Indian film superstars, who are favourites at Za'atari… SHAHRUKH KHAN, SALMAN KHAN, AKSHAY KUMAR, KAREENA KAPOOR and ANUSHKA SHARMA… a big shoutout to you all and Hindi movies from these amazing kids who are huge fans…our movies give them some much joy .. This was something I honestly did not expect…but it made my day. Who would think that what we do as entertainers would give people a sense of hope, relief and escape in such dire circumstances.This post is for all my colleagues in the Entertainment Business around the world… know what we do sometimes has such an deep impact on people's lives and goes beyond just the mere entertainment people look at us for. #ProudofmyJob #MissionForChildren #ChildrenUprooted #ChildrenOfSyria #PCInJordan You can lend your support by logging on to www.unicef.org #girllove
Priyanka said she did not expect Bollywood stars and their films would give people “a sense of hope, relief and escape in such dire circumstances”.
“I was especially told to give messages of love to these massive Indian film superstars, who are favourites at Zaatari… Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Anushka Sharma… a big shoutout to you all and Hindi movies from these amazing kids who are huge fans.
“This was something I honestly did not expect… This post is for all my colleagues in the Entertainment Business around the world…(to) know what we do sometimes has such an deep impact on peoples lives and goes beyond just the mere entertainment people look at us for.”
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 11, 2017
Priyanka, who is the Unicef global goodwill ambassador, has been documenting her visit to Amman, which hosts 1,80,000 Syrian refugees, on Instagram. She shared her interactions with refugee kids, who are desperately seeking normalcy in their lives.
The Desi girl of Bollywood, shared that more than 80 per cent of the Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside refugee camps in cities, urban centers and farming villages (host communities.)
At Za'atari, I'm proud to have had the opportunity to visit the home of Seba and her whole family – Mohammed, 19; Seba, 17; Haya 14; Hiba, 12; Omar, 6; Hala, 4. In spite of their circumstances, their makeshift home, and very little to call their own, we were the recipients of the full Syrian hospitality and love. Her mother, Isdihaar, a dignified and happy spirit was so open about her earlier life, and all that they do now to survive. They had a full life in Syria, with a home and everything they could ask for, and now…sitting in their sparse living room, all I got was a resolve to hold on until they could return to their home and rebuild their life. Without her husband there, she's taking care of her 6 children by working at an innovation lab, finding innovative solutions for everyday problems…like the neo-natal air conditioner created by just using a fan, ice cubes and box with holes. As I was leaving, Seba removed her bracelet and gave it to me and said it was so I'd never forget her. I will never forget her and the amazing people I've met, and it is because of them that my resolve to keep working by bringing attention to their situation has just grown stronger. Hoping that somehow we, the citizens of the world, will find it in our hearts to contribute to ease the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. To donate please go to UNICEF.com or visit link in bio. @unicef #MissionForChildren #ChildrenUprooted #ChildrenOfSyria #PCInJordan
This is Z'aid – he is 16 years old and is a child laborer. He works as a tailor and a barber but he aspires to be a translator. He loves languages and wants to learn as many as he can..he wants to help the world understand each other better..Build bridges… He is full of so much optimism for the future of the world despite of being ravaged by war…so while he's not at work he comes to the Makani Center to learn and educate himself..He made this bow by hand, and offered it to me as a gift of friendship… it's kids like this that will build a better world tomorrow. @unicef #ChildrenUprooted #TheyAreUs
In a previous post, Priyanka explained her decision to share the plight of Syrian refugees, especially kids, saying she wanted the world to be inspired by their resilience and their hope for a better tomorrow.
More than 5 million people have fled war-torn Syria since the civil war began in 2011 and have taken shelter in neighbouring countries like Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey as well as Jordan.