Lindsay Lohan Visits Syrian Refugees in Turkey: ‘We Should Do More for Each Other’

by Jackie Willis 12:42 PM PDT, September 27, 2016
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Just weeks after Angelina Jolie visited Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lindsay Lohan paid a visit to an Istanbul hospital that is currently home to a refugee family from Aleppo.

The Mean Girls star shared several photos from her visit, and introduced her Instagram followers to 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," Lohan wrote. "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."

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Lohan -- who also brought gifts for the refugees -- grew especially close to Heya. "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," she recalled. "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 three million refugees. We should do more, starting today."

Lindsay Lohan sweetly kisses Heya while visiting with the little girl's family. Photo: Getty Images

The 30-year-old actress also quoted Mother Teresa in a prior post, writing: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

Turkey's youth and sports deputy minister, Abdurrahim Boynukalin, joined Lohan in Istanbul, and was adamant that the media was not contacted about her visit ahead of time. "The important thing is that a Hollywood star take this matter seriously and bring it to the world stage," he said (via Associated Press).

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ET has reached out to Boynukalın and the Bosphorus Center for Global Affairs for more details on Lohan's visit.

Jolie and Lohan aren't the only celebrities who have traveled to see refugees. In February, George and Amal Clooney met with three Syrian refugee families in Berlin, Germany. "You forget that these aren't just people who just left their country for no reason at all. These are people who have left there because of a terrible tragedy," the actor said. "It's very hard to dismiss a young child sitting on the ground crying when her mother is telling the story about how she left."