Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie, in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, urges the world’s nations to act to prevent rape and sexual violence in war zones. Foreign secretary William Hague presides over the meeting, after which a legally-binding resolution on the topic was passed
U.S. actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie holds a press conference with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres and Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide as they mark World Refugee Day in Al-Zaatari Refugee Camp for Syrian refugees on June 20 near Mafraq, Jordan.
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Angelina Jolie taking notes as she speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based near the Syria-Jordan border. The Syrian civil war contributed to pushing the numbers of refugees and those displaced by conflict within their own nation to an 18-year high of 45.2 million worldwide by the end of 2012.
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In this image released by Britain’s Ministry of Defence Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague with actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. visit Lac Vert camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they travelled to Africa to to raise awareness of warzone rape Tuesday March 26, 2013. (AP Photo/LA(Phot) Iggy Roberts, MOD)
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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan. Angelina continued to express solidarity with Syrian refugees and pay tribute to the Jordanian government and people for their strong commitment to refugee protection. Jolie said on her second visit to the region in three months: ”Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians.” Since her last visit to the region in September, the number of refugees in the region has increased by more than 200,000 and in Jordan alone by nearly 50,000.
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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today hailed the Iraqi government’s willingness to host Syrian refugees fleeing violence and said she hoped all Syrians seeking asylum in Iraq would be welcomed.
“I want to highlight the noble efforts of the Iraqi government and the people of Iraq to support Syrian refugees,” said Jolie. “At this juncture, it is critical that Iraq receives urgent international support and continues to welcome refugees across its borders.”
In the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday, Jolie met with senior government officials and spent time with Iraqis, until recently refugees in Syria, who have returned to Iraq after fleeing violence in their places of former refuge. She spent today meeting Syrian refugees in the Domiz camp in northern Iraq. She also met officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government, including Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Interior Minister Karim Sinjari as well as the governors of Erbil and Dohuk. Many of the officials she met were former refugees. “We know how it feels,” one official told Jolie.
In her meetings Saturday in Baghdad with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari and the Minister of Displacement and Migration Dindar Najman Shafeeq and on Sunday with Kurdistan Regional Government officials, Jolie pledged further UNHCR support for the government in receiving and hosting additional Syrian refugees as their numbers rapidly increase.
This was her fourth and final stop of a tour of countries neighbouring Syria, where more than 260,000 Syrian refugees have been registered since the conflict began in March 2011.
Earlier this week, Jolie visited Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. They both pledged continued support and emphasized the life-saving importance of maintaining open borders and hosting Syrians in need.
This is Jolie’s fourth visit to Iraq. Some 1.3 million Iraqis remain displaced in their country and the government has made it a priority to improve their standard of living and find solutions for them through voluntary return to their places of origin or through local integration.
“Combined with the new influx of Syrian refugees and the sudden return of over 30,000 of their own citizens, the complexity of the situation and the challenges for this country just emerging from conflict cannot be overstated,” Jolie said.
Her eyes welling up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said she heard “horrific” and “heartbreaking” accounts from Syrian refugees she met Tuesday during a visit to a camp in Jordan that has provided shelter for those fleeing the civil war in the neighboring country.
The Hollywood star, who is also the U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy, spoke after meeting a group of women refugees at the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict.
“I am very concerned, the world is very concerned,” Jolie said during a high-profile visit U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy aimed at focusing international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and attracting more funding to help them. “What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them.”
Jolie met separately with the Syrian refugee women as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh toured the sprawling tent city. She also went to the border late Monday and met with Syrian refugees as they crossed into Jordan.
“What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific,” she said, adding that the children’s stories were especially moving, including some who said they had witnessed people being pulled apart “like chickens.”
“When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side. ‘Who is going to help us as the months go on?” she added.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the chaos as an uprising against President Bashar Assad has become increasingly violent, with activists saying at least 23,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011.
According to Guterres, Jordan alone has taken in some 200,000 Syrians — the largest number in the region. Both the U.N. refugee agency and Jordan said the figure reflects actual numbers of Syrians housed in the kingdom as opposed to a smaller figure of those Syrian refugees who have registered with the UNHCR or who are awaiting registration.
“This mission that we are sharing has a key objective. It is to draw attention to the international community to express a much more stronger solidarity with Syrian refugees and the host countries that have kept their borders open to all those fleeing the conflict,” Guterres said.
The refugee chief acknowledged the sheer numbers are taking a toll on Jordan’s economy and resources, stressing that the “camp needs massive international funding” and that its conditions were “still not acceptable.”
UNHCR says it has so far only received a little over $9 million in aid for a regional appeal it has made for the Syrian refugees.
Despite hardships faced by Zaatari residents, including insufficient supplies of electricity and water, persistent dust and delayed schooling at the camp, Jolie said at least the refugees have found some measure of safety.
“I’m grateful to Jordan and all the border countries for keeping their borders open, for saving these people’s lives,” she told reporters gathered under a Bedouin tent. “They are dying in Syria. If they were unable escape with their families, many of the people here, many of people I met today would in fact be dead. It’s an extraordinary thing that they are doing.”
Jolie, who has six children with Brad Pitt, also expressed concern for the alarming numbers of children who are reported dead, wounded or unaccompanied after their parents were killed.
“It’s impossible to imagine any mother standing by and not stepping up and doing something to prevent this,” she said. “We encourage the international community to support the people here until one day they go back home.”
The UNHCR in April promoted Jolie from serving as its goodwill ambassador to special envoy due to her exceptional work for the agency.
Jordan opened the Zaatari facility for Syrians in July after long delaying a decision on whether to set up refugee camps, possibly to avoid Assad’s autocratic regime by showing images at his doorstep of civilians fleeing his military onslaught.
Jolie was also to visit Syrian refugees and meet authorities in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq during the rest of her trip to the region.
In Geneva, the UNHCR said Tuesday that while the agency has 253,106 people registered or awaiting registration as Syrian refugees, the real number is likely far higher since tens of thousands are believed to have not yet registered. Some are getting help from family or friends, while some are afraid to register for fear of possible consequences from Assad’s regime. Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards said that figure includes 85,197 in Jordan, 78,431 in Turkey, 66,915 in Lebanon and 22,563 in Iraq as of this week.
Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but the new U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi plans to travel to Syria this week in a bid to revive them. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Brahimi will sit down with President Bashar Assad during an upcoming visit, although the date has not been announced.
“First and foremost, the violence must stop by both sides, regardless of their political grievances or problems may be. That is not acceptable,” Bah said at a news conference in the Swiss capital of Bern.
Source: Washington Post
In recognition of World Refugee Day Wednesday, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie donated $100,000 to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to help Syrian refugees.
“UNHCR believes even one person forced to flee is too many. And it’s true. Every individual refugee matters,” Jolie said in a statement released following the donation, according to Us Weekly.
“Each [refugee] has suffered and survived more than I could ever bear. And yet, they rise up to live another day,” she said.
“We risk forgetting the individual when we speak in numbers, but the numbers tell an important story,” she said.
“In the past year, 4.3 million people have become displaced. There are still 2.7 million refugees from Afghanistan. Twelve million people are stateless. And for the fifth consecutive year the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 42 million,” she added.
The actress and her fiancé, Brad Pitt, have a history of charitable donations.
Source: The Daily Star
Here is Angelina’s PSA for World Refugee Day 2012.
She may be mother to a large brood of six children, and an international movie star too.
But Angelina Jolie still manages to find time to fulfill her duties as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
The actress, 36, met the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the Federal Foreign Office yesterday in Berlin, Germany.
Suitably dressed in a subdued cream outfit with beige shoes, she had a meeting with officials where they discussed her role as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
The duo spoke about Angelina’s humanitarian role, one which she has held since 2001, over tea and biscuits at the offices in Berlin.
Miss Jolie is spending time in the German capital in conjunction with the city’s International Film Festival.
On Thursday Angelina took three of her brood – Maddox, Pax, and Shiloh – to Legoland Discovery Centre where they enjoyed some fun in the indoor facility.
The children played for about an hour and a half and also picked up some Lego toys from the gift shop, German tabloid B.Z. reports.
The Jolie-Pitt family is in town for the Berlin International Film Festival, where Angelina will show her new film, In the Land of Blood and Honey.
It’s been 11 years since Angelina was first inaugurated as UNHCR.
Though she was quite the wildchild in her younger years, it was a a visit to Cambodia (where she filmed some of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) that changed her life.
After witnessing the plight of refugees in Cambodia first-hand she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots and began visiting refugee camps around the world.
In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania, returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
On each trip she covered all the costs related to her missions and shared the same basic working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits.
The actress recently credited doing ‘normal things’ and maintaining a balance between normality and her Hollywood life with keeping her from living a shallow life.
She said: ‘Without the balance of doing things that actually matter in the world — and being part of the real world — then I would have been left in a bubble.
‘That would have felt very empty and I probably would have just had a very shallow, horrible life.’
Jolie – who’s been with Brad Pitt, 48, since 2005 – said she feels fortunate to have been “welcomed into areas of the world where I see people and work with people who are survivors of war.”
She added: ‘I have a real view of the real world. I’m very touched and very moved by people and what they overcome.
‘They have always reminded me to just wake up in the morning and be grateful that your children are healthy. Nothing else matters.’