News came today that Hatidža Mehmedović, who survived the war in Bosnia and led the Association of the Mothers of Srebrenica, had died in a hospital in Sarajevo.
I met Hatidža four years ago when I visited the Srebrenica Memorial, where the victims of the genocide — the worst massacre on European soil since the Holocaust — are buried. I remember it vividly. Sitting in a circle of other bereaved and widowed mothers of Srebrenica, quietly and with the utmost dignity, she told her story.
She painted a picture of life before the war, with her husband Abdullah and their two sons Azmir and Almir, who were 21 and 18 years old. She described the terrible days in July 1995, when they were forcibly separated from her and sent to their deaths, along with at least 8,000 other innocent men and boys. As well as her husband and sons, Hatidža lost her father, her two brothers, and scores of her extended family members.
Those who carried out the genocide went to considerable lengths to conceal or destroy the bodies of the victims. For 15 years, Hatidža searched for the remains of her family. She was one of the first survivors to return to Srebrenica. She lived bereaved and alone, facing threats and intimidation, in a climate of persistent attempts to deny the genocide.
The largest and longest urban battle fought anywhere in the world since World War II was waged to retake Mosul from ISIS. Liberty came at a horrific price: Thousands of civilians were killed and large swathes of the Iraqi city were reduced to rubble.
Much of East Mosul was spared, but the West still lies in ruins a year after the end of the fighting. As I stood there, it felt as if the guns fell silent only yesterday.
If we’ve learned anything from the last decade in the Middle East and Afghanistan, it is that if a military “win” is not followed by effective help to ensure stability, then the cycle of violence only continues.
You’d think, therefore, that nothing could be more important in this situation than trying to make sure that violent extremism can never return to Mosul. You’d expect that rebuilding a city that was an icon of diversity, peaceful coexistence and cultural heritage would be a top priority. You’d imagine that the streets of West Mosul would be crammed with reconstruction equipment, de-miners, architects, planners, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations and world heritage experts providing technical assistance to Iraq on a master plan for the reconstruction of the city.
But a year later, West Mosul lies abandoned, ruined and apocalyptic. Walls that remain standing are riddled with holes from mortar fire and bullets. The streets are eerily quiet: hundreds of thousands of former residents of the city are living in camps or nearby communities because there is nothing for them to go back to. Reeking corpses still litter the ruins, awaiting collection.
In streets that look entirely uninhabitable, small numbers of shell-shocked families are clearing the rubble of their homes with their bare hands, braving the concealed explosives left behind. In the last week, there was an explosion in a house that killed and injured 27 people.
Some insight in how Angelina keeps her beautiful skin and looks and some of her routines, interesting for sure! 🙂
Angelina Jolie is one of the most most talked about stars on the planet. The Oscar-winning actress, director, humanitarian, and mother of six has worked with refugees on behalf of the UN, helmed a cinematic tribute to the birthplace of her oldest son, and shown us what it’s like to live as a global citizen. After over two decades in the spotlight, it’s no wonder we remain intrigued. But with all that chatter comes a lot of speculation, most of which is flat-out bunk.
In a recent interview with InStyle, Jolie revealed an important person in her life, one that even the tabloids hadn’t uncovered: dermatologist Rhonda Rand. “It’s who my mother [Marcheline Bertrand] brought me to when I was little with my first scar,” she told the publication of her mom, who died in 2007. “To have somebody who is very encouraging of being as natural as possible has really helped me, I think.”
It’s a revelation that not only shut down a lot wayward skin treatment claims that have been made about the actress over the years, but it’s also shined a light on Dr. Rand herself. Through three decades of treatment, which includes treating Jolie’s kids, Dr. Rand has never spoken publicly of her (or any of her A-list clients). “I take care of a lot of celebrities and part of the reason I think I do is that I don’t talk about it,” she tells us. “A lot of dermatologists will disclose famous patients and post it on Instagram. I’d never do that because it’s not me.”
Ahead, in a Refinery29 exclusive, Dr. Rand breaks that rule (with Jolie’s blessing) and shares why the beauty icon looks better than ever, the actual products you’ll find in her medicine cabinet, and the rewards of maintaining a doctor/patient relationship that spans generations.
She Started Young
“When [Jolie] knew she was going to have an acting career, she wanted to take care of her skin in the most sensible way. She’s lucky she has her mom’s beautiful, olive skin. She’s always been such a natural beauty, so she didn’t ever have to do much. It was really just sunscreen, proper cleansing with a mild, gentle cleanser, antioxidants, sometimes glycolic [acids], and natural products. Some alpha hydroxy [acids] are good too, and they’re very natural. She doesn’t need major scrubs or products with lots of chemicals.”
She Takes A Minimal Makeup Approach
“The thing about [Jolie] is she never wears makeup unless she’s working — it’s probably another reason her skin looks good. She’s also good about removing makeup. I know her makeup artist is super careful about what she puts on her skin and takes good care of it when she’s working.”
“Her skin is naturally beautiful — again it’s not like she has to run to the doctor all that often. If she’s gone for a month or two, or is using a lot of makeup for filming, she doesn’t lose ground.”
She Never Skimps On Her Routine
“When she travels, she takes a good skin care regimen with her [including] alpha hydroxys or antioxidants. There’s a product of mine that she loves [called] Dermbasics RR Perfection Cream. It’s a chemical-free antioxidant sunscreen and that’s a good thing to travel with.
“We also have another product she likes and takes with her: Dermbasics Glycolic Acid Pads 20%. They remove the stratum corneum, increase collagen and elastin, keep pores clean and appearing small, and even out discoloration.”
She Stays Protected
“She’s olive skinned like her mom, but it’s not like she lets herself get dark. She’s been so good about using sunscreen from such an early age to protect her skin. She knew that the sun is not good for skin in general — in terms of pigmentation problems and that sort of thing. She’s also good about wearing hats, which is so important. She hydrates a lot and does a lot of good moisturizing, but again, it’s the sun protection that’s going to stop you from aging more than anything.”
She Doesn’t Go Crazy With Treatments
“I basically try not to do too much. There’s a light laser resurfacing we like to use sometimes, but just once in a while. It’s used to improve your skin and give it a little bit of a glow, but it’s a little more than a facial. When she was pregnant, she got a little pigmentation. And sometimes, when she’s in very sunny climates working, she can get some pigmentation, too. We can help take care of that with a photofacial or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). We’re super careful. None of these things change the quality of your skin or cause scarring.
“She doesn’t have any kind of a plastic look because [she] doesn’t do anything drastic — she doesn’t need it. She has really good genes and gets more and more beautiful with time.
How Early Menopause Affected Her Skin
“Every woman goes through menopause, some women do at 48, some at 53. Yes it’s true that Angelina experienced forced menopause a little bit earlier [following her preventative surgery to have her ovaries removed because she carries the BRCA1 gene]. But if you take care of your skin, it’s going to look so much better. Even through the menopause changes, as long as you moisturize and use some good, quality products like antioxidants, alphy hydroxys, or maybe retinol — those things are all great for your skin.”
Why She’s Coming Clean About Her Skin Care Secrets
“She’s such a lovely person and is always kind and thankful when I see her. I think we’ve stayed with this relationship so long because I never really talked about treating her. I never asked her to disclose that she was my patient. Then one day she came to me saying, ‘I’m so tired of people saying that I go to that place and I don’t — I only go to you. I want to set the record straight, I want people to know about you.'”
Interview with Angelina by Fabián W. Waintal and read the full interview in the press archive!
In keeping with the theme of International Women’s Day, Fabián W. Waintal interviews filmmaker, humanitarian and actress Angelina Jolie
The large crowd outside the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto continued to attract people, knowing that Angelina Jolie was going to walk through those doors (albeit if it was with one condition: no questions about Brad Pitt). The gracious actress is least bothered about arriving fashionably late to the interview, and makes it a point to shake hands with most of her fans and take selfies, on her way in. For Angelina Jolie, fans always come first, interviews come later.
Her six children are here, in the theatre, hearing every word she says. That is why Angelina Jolie doesn’t want to talk about her divorce to Brad Pitt. Since she was born, one of the first words she heard was ‘divorce’, when at the age of two, her father, the Academy Award winner Jon Voight and her mother Marcheline Bertrand, separated.