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Jung Woo-sung talks about UNHCR, refugee issue

  • Published : May 17, 2016 - 17:04
  • Updated : May 17, 2016 - 17:04


Veteran actor Jung Woo-sung awed the public with an extremely interesting talk on the refugee issue on JTBC talk show “Non-Summit,” Monday.

Despite the fact the topic has rarely been covered by the Korean media, Jung opened up the talk as part of the debate session of the program. “Some people ask me ‘Why should I help refugees?’ Well, we have a lot of people around us who need help and refugees are some of them.” he said.

Jung also responded to many who wished to do volunteer work for the UNHCR. “I feel extremely thankful, but unfortunately volunteering is not possible. The UNHCR only takes cash as a means of support.”

He also added that Korean companies and businesses should work to help out the refugee crisis. “In terms of private or personal donations, Korea beats Japan by far. But donations from firms are extremely rare in Korea.”


He nicely wrapped up the talk with a strong but touching statement: “We should all look at the issue from a humanitarian point of view. We have to learn to love everyone.”

With one of the most loved celebrities in Korea giving an impressive talk on the refugee crisis, the unfamiliar topic soon heated the studio, with the hosts and guests deeply engaged in the debate. Even after the discussion, one of the hosts sincerely thanked Jung for teaching the public about such an important issue.

By Kim Ji-young (christinekim@heraldcorp.com)