Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Donation to British Kids' Yemeni Charity

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The star sent an undisclosed amount to the LemonAid Boys, aka six-year-old Londoners Ayaan Moosa and Mikaeel Ishaa, who set up a lemonade stand to raise for money for those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Two British children running a lemonade stand to raise money for those suffering from the humanitarian crisis in Yemen have received an unexpected donation from Angelina Jolie.

The star sent an undisclosed amount to six-year-old Londoners Ayaan Moose and Mikaeel Ishaa, who set up the stand in July to raise money for Yemen, where a devastating five-year civil war — with one side backed militarily by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — has left half the population at risk of famine, according to estimates.

"Hi Angelina, I'm Ayaan. And I'm Mikaeel. And we're the LemonAid boys. We just wanted to say thank you for donating to our cause," the two said in an Instagram post. "It's really helped us raise more money and awareness for Yemen."

The boys added that if Jolie was ever in London she was welcome to buy a fresh glass of lemonade from them.


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Speaking to CNN, Ayaan Moosa's father Shakil Moose said that the Jolie had contacted the family in August and offered to make a donation, which was made earlier this week.

"She's been so amazing. It's surreal -- she's not just a random star, you're talking about one of the top names on the planet so it's a bit overwhelming. She's phenomenal," he said.

The two boys have reportedly now helped raise more than $90,000 and hope to increase this figure to $190,000.