Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has revealed how a recent visit to a Sudanese refugee camp in Kenya has had an impact on her life.
The actress who gained worldwide recognition in the movie Legally Blonde, paid a visit to the camp to experience what it was like for her next role. Reese plays the role of a job counsellor helping refugees settle into America in her new movie Inherent Vice, set to be released on December 12th.
The actress who took the trip with her 15 year old daughter Ava was speaking to WENN(World Entertainment News Network) when she said,
“At the end of the film we got to go to the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Even though I didn’t shoot any scenes there I wasn’t ready to go home to my life. I really wanted to see what the experience was like, so I took my teenage daughter.
“She’s a wonderful, socially-conscious girl. I was lucky they organised for her to be there because she is a little young to be on these trips. She didn’t say a word the whole day and didn’t talk about it until a couple of days later. It stayed with us for a long time after.
“I think the memories we saw of women giving birth on metal tables, babies her brother’s age sitting on concrete slabs and sleeping with seven other brothers and sisters. It was very emotional seeing 250,000 displaced people sleeping on concrete slabs and the sprawl of 12 different languages being spoken and seven kinds of religions with very little healthcare and very little food.
“What was really amazing was the joy of these people to rise above and their determination to have a better life for their children. Their spirit was just incredible. They’d greet you with smiles and laughter and hugs. It just really brought it home to me that this is an opportunity to raise awareness but it’s also an opportunity to create change. These are people who were at the top of their field; they’re doctors, they’re educators, they’re community leaders and they’ve been displaced.
“It’s been really educational for me to learn about refugees and their contributions to society and hopefully we can lift more of them up out of their situations.”
Reese was in the country for the shoot of The Good Lie.