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Priyanka Chopra trolled for visiting Syrian refugee children, hits back

Priyanka Chopra trolled for visiting Syrian refugee children, hits back
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NEW DELHI: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is the UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador, took to Twitter and dished out a firm response at trolls mocking her for visiting Syrian refugee children.

A critic named Ravindra Gautam questioned her efforts by tweeting that Priyanka should focus on kids in “rural areas of India where malnourished kids waiting for food”.

The “Mary Kom” star shut him up for mocking her visit and made her point loud and clear by tweeting back saying, “Ive worked w/ @UNICEFIndia for 12 yrs&visited many such places. What have u done @RavindraGautam_ ?Y is 1 childs prob less imp than another?”

She spends quality time with kids and also shared her feelings via her Insta posts. Her first post where she is teaching the kids, captioned: ” Cultures are so lovely.so different yet so similar. Kalam is arabic for pen and it’s kalam in Urdu/Hindi too. We found that funny. Since the kids were learning English I thought Pencil may be appropriate… #MissionForChildren #ChildrenUprooted #PCInJordan #ChildrenOfSyria @unicef.”

This is Ammar(5), Ayat(8), Sulaiman (5 months) Wardshan(9) and they have an elder brother Saleh(10) who works at a grocery store to help supplement the family income, for only 2 Jordanian Dinar (that's less than $3 USD.) Their father is a day laborer. Sulaiman needs a 2nd surgery because he has a clot in his nose. The family moved from Syria to Jordan 5 years ago. When I asked their mother what would be her wish…considering the war hasn't ended, she said "if we can't go home all I want is for my kids to get an education so they can fend for themselves when they are older and help rebuild Syria. We are blessed, we have enough to survive…others have much less." They didn't even have furniture in their home. The largesse of heart and compassion she had through her tears moved me to pieces. PLS GO TO www.unicef.org and DONATE whatever you can… let's make this a collective #MissionForChildren #ChildrenUprooted #PCInJordan #ChildrenOfSyria @unicef

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The Bollywood and Hollywood star with a light gray scarf slung over her hair, at the end of her first day visit at the UNICEF-backed children’s center in Jordan’s capital of Amman told The Associated Press:

“We need to take it into our own hands because this is our world and we only have one of it.”

“I think the world needs to understand that this is not just a Syrian refugee crisis, it’s a humanitarian crisis,” she said.

Let's take this trip together… let's open our eyes and our hearts to the #ChildrenUprooted in the Syrian Refugee crisis. This will be our #MissionForChildren. Let's show them that the world cares and help them find a way forward.. come along with me.. I'll update as much as I can and in as much detail as I can… @Unicef #PCInJordan

Today was very emotional. As we go about our daily privileged lives, it's hard to imagine that everything can be taken from you in an moment. Today we spent the day in a host community meeting Syrian refugee families (like this one) so desperately seeking a safe place of normalcy for their families. More than 80% of the Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside refugee camps in cities, urban centers and farming villages (host communities.) Amman hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees, about 180,000 people. Refugee families in host communities have limited livelihood opportunities, and after 6 years, have depleted their savings and borrowed money from everywhere to feed and support their families. @unicef #ChildrenUprooted #TheyAreUs

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“This can be an entire generation of kids that could turn to extremism because they have not gotten an education,” she said.

Moved by the hopefulness of the children she met, the 35-yr-old “Quantico” star later said.

“Some of them want professional careers, some of them want to go back to their countries and rebuild,” she said. “Parents … want that for their children.”

This is Eman. She is an artist and these are her sketches. This particular one caught my attention because it depicts her version of the war. A man in a jail trying to feed a little bird. It broke my heart to see so much compassion despite of being so ravaged by war. Eman wants to show the world through her art what her imagination holds. God Bless.

Disturbed by the unfortunate events in Syria, the Bajirao Mastani actress wrote, “I have never done this when I do field trips, but on this one I feel compelled to reflect on what I feel after every session because I felt a lot.

The anger and agony I felt seeing these beautiful hopeful children ravaged by war was so raw. The world has seen the pain war has left in Syria but the resilience and joy and hope in spite of it is so inspiring to me. These kids are my inspiration. They should be yours too.”

On the acting front, Priyanka now has in her kitty big projects like “Isnt It Romantic?” with Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and “A Kid Like Jake” starring Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, Octavia Spencer, Ann Dowd and Michaela Watkins.

Children living in the world’s poorest countries and in conflict zones are disproportionally affected. Of the 123 million children missing out on school, 40 percent live in the least developed countries and 20 percent live in conflict zones, said Unicef.

The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have resulted in an additional 3.4 million children missing out on education, bringing the number of out-of-school children across the Middle East and North Africa back to 2007’s level of approximately 16 million.