Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Donation to Lemonade Stand In Benefit of Yemen

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Two boys in London got a surprise donation to their lemonade stand by star, Angelina Jolie.

The best friends, six-year-olds Ayaan Moosa and Mikaeel Ishaaq created the stand when they heard about the current crisis happening in Yemen, wishing to help the people in need.

The Maleficent star sent an undisclosed donation along with a note, which was shared on the stand’s Instagram page.

“She’s been so amazing. It’s surreal – she’s not just a random star, you’re talking about one of the top names on the planet so it’s a bit overwhelming,” Moosa’s father told CNN. “She’s phenomenal.”

The boys thanked the actress on their Instagram page. “Hi Angelina, I’m Ayaan. And I’m Mikaeel. And we’re the LemonAid boys. We just wanted to say thank you for donating to our cause,” they said in the video. They added they’d be happy to sell her a glass of lemonade next time she was in London.


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Thank you message for @angelinajolie.offiicial 💙 #yemen #lemonaidboys #yemencrisis #angelinajolie

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Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees), has previously spoken out about conflict and poverty in the Middle Eastern country, which has been plagued by civil unrest for decades. From 2015, a five-year civil war in Yemen has pitted Houthi rebels against the internationally recognized government, which has been backed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, killing an estimated 112,000 people. It has been estimated that half of the population is at risk of famine, with millions hungry, starving, or malnourished. The country has also been gripped by disease, with tens of thousands of people who have contracted cholera, and now there are concerns that it could suffer one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.

The boys’ stand has currently raised £70,000 ($90,944).

We commend Jolie and the boys for their work with helping those in need in Yemen.