When you hear the name Lindsay Lohan, "humanitarian" probably isn’t the first word that springs to mind.
The past decade has been one never-ending PR nightmare for the former A-list actress, and hopes that she’d get her life and career back on track following her engagement to Egor Tarabasov dimmed after the relationship fell apart in ugly fashion.
But to her credit, Lohan appears to have shifted her focus to helping others in the wake of yet another personal setback.
Lohan posted the above photo to her Instagram page earlier this week, along with the following caption:
"Meet the Hussein family."
"The father, Mohammad, was injured severely in Aleppo and his wife left him and her three kids after they migrated to Turkey. The lovely girl is Heya (9) and her twin brother is Leys.
"The Sultanbeyli Municipality is covering their rent and kitchen expenses but the conditions of the house are very bad.
"The older brother was not in the house with us because although he is 17, he had to work in order to take better care of his family. #theworldisbiggerthan5"
According to Lindsay, she became especially close with the young girl, Heya.
"I sniffed her hair, took her hands and held her tight," Lindsay captioned the above pic.
"I understood at that moment once again that we can do more for each other, that we should do more for each other.
"And we can start by giving support to #Turkey, which did its part in this huge human tragedy called Syria by welcoming three million refugees.
"We should do more, starting today."
Many have snarkily pointed out that Lindsay’s visit to Turkey comes on the heels of highly-publicized humanitarian trips by Angelina Jolie and George and Amal Clooney.
But Turkey’s youth and sports deputy minister, Abdurrahim Boynukalin, who joined Lohan in her visit to the Husseins, cautions that by focusing on the PR aspect of Lindsay’s trip, we miss out on the importance of her message:
"The important thing is that a Hollywood star take this matter seriously and bring it to the world stage," Boynukalin told Associated Press reporters.
He added that no reporters were contacted by Lohan’s reps prior to her visit.
Regardless of whether or not Lindsay sought to benefit from the media attention surrounding her trip, the crisis in Aleppo is very real, and it demands the world’s attention.
And with all of the negative headlines about Lohan that we’ve seen in recent years, the 30-year-old’s efforts to alert her fans to the dire situation in Syria is a refreshing change of pace.