Actress, model, designer, singer… Lindsay Lohan has dabbled in many industries over her decades-long career.
However the 30-year-old can now add charity volunteer and activist to the list.
The A-lister has been visiting Syrian refugees around Turkey over the last few weeks, and documenting their plight on her social media accounts.
Last month the Mean Girls actress went to Istanbul, where she met a family displaced from their home and forced into sub-par living conditions:
@a_boynukalin #RefugeesWelcome #Turkey and #Compassion Meet the Hussein Family. The father, Mohammad, was injured severely in Aleppo and his wife left him and her three kids after they migrated to Turkey. The lovely girl is Heya (9) and her twin brother is Leys. The Sultanbeyli Municipality is covering their rent and kitchen expenses but the conditions of the house are very bad. The older brother was not in the house with us because although he is 17, he had to work in order to take better care of his family. #theworldisbiggerthan5
I can’t forget Heya whom I met during my visit to the Hussein family. She couldn’t care less about our gifts to her, whose mother has gone. She held me more and more tight when she sat on my lap. I sniffed her hair, took her hands and held her tight. I understood at that moment once again that we can do more for each other, that we should do more for each other. And we can start by giving support to #Turkey which did its part in this huge human tragedy called Syria by welcoming 3 million refugees. We should do more, starting today… #RefugeesWelcome #MassacreinAleppo #theworldisbiggerthan5 #love not #ignorancekills
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However, Lohan’s trip to the Middle East was briefly halted after she severed her ring finger in a boating accident off the Turkish coast last week – but she’s now healed and back to raising awareness for refugees.
The star’s travels have since taken her to Gaziantep (also to by its former name, Antep), where she visited a state-run camp.
As part of her appearance she gave out presents, shadowed a doctor performing medical check-ups on children who had fled war-torn Syria, and met with officials.
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The actress also had a touching encounter with this aid worker:
I met a wonderful aid worker (Azize) at The Refugee Camp in Antep. She saw that my eyes lit up when I told her that her headscarf is beautiful. She waved to me and said, come with me, I followed her and she gifted it to me. I was so moved and touched by this that I wanted to wear it in appreciation for all of the generosity and love I received from everyone at the camp. Thank you #Gaziantep #theworldisbiggerthan5 🙏❤️ thank you @fatmasahin
The star donned a traditional hijab after complimenting “wonderful” volunteer Azize on her headscarf.
“She saw that my eyes lit up when I told her that her headscarf is beautiful,” Lohan wrote on Instagram. “She waved to me and said, come with me, I followed her and she gifted it to me.
“I was so moved and touched by this that I wanted to wear it in appreciation for all of the generosity and love I received from everyone at the camp.”
Like the Parent Trap actress, the UAE is also doing its part for those forced from their homes amid the bloodshed.
The Emirates will open doors to 15,000 refugees over the next five years, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimi, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, announced at a UN summit last month.
“Ultimately, we must offer a source of hope for displaced persons that allows them to maintain dignity, return home, reintegrate themselves into their societies, and rebuild their countries and their lives,” she said.
Pledging “we must all do our part”, Al Hashimi revealed the UAE has already welcomed more than 123,000 Syrians since conflict began five years ago. However this will be the first time Syrians will have been welcomed into the UAE en masse as refugees, not residents.
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