- Sean Penn recently returned to the United States after spending time on the Ukrainian border
- Penn was amazed by the scale of the refugee crisis
- He was happy to have witnessed the situation first hand
Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn recently returned to the United States after spending time on the Ukrainian border and shared his experience of the refugee crisis unfolding in Eastern Europe. The 61-year-old star, who is shooting a documentary for Vice Films, told ‘Anderson Cooper 360’: “We had the luxury of being able to leave a rental vehicle on the side of the road. It was a surprising thing for me; it was mostly women and children, some in groups and some just a mother and her child, in almost all of these cars.
“In some cases, the father would drop them off and come back, because we know that from 18 to 60, men should not leave, they should stay in the resistance against Russia.”
More than a million people are believed to have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Penn was amazed by the scale of the refugee crisis.
He recalled: “I didn’t see any baggage. It was like they wanted to believe they were going to be able to come back, and there was an urgency to leave because of the incredible number of people leaving and the time it took. you had to take to get out of the country now.
“So the car is pretty much, other than those who have family or friends who could help on the other side, whatever they have.
“So in the few miles we did after we abandoned our car, I didn’t see one of these cars move a car length because that line was so slow. And then you get there and you look at all those who also walked in this crowd.”
Despite this, Penn was happy to have been able to witness the situation first hand.
“I was happy, not so much in the moment, but I was happy to have had the experience of having to see what it’s like to cross that boundary… what it’s like to sit there sometimes for days.”