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Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq

Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie traveled to Iraq and Syria to see first-hand the humanitarian needs there — the plight of hundreds of thousands of families uprooted by the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

According to UNHCR, “Yesterday in Damascus (Syria), Jolie visited a UNHCR registration center and spent hours talking to Iraqi refugees in their homes. Today, she crossed into Iraq to visit 1,200 refugees trapped in a makeshift camp at the border, unable to flee Iraq, and later watched scores of Iraqis crossing into Syria at a border checkpoint.”

“I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to this humanitarian crisis and to urge governments to increase their support for UNHCR and its partners,” Angelina said. “My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”

After talking with stranded refugees at Iraq’s Al Waleed camp on Tuesday, Angie said: “it is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate about Iraq’s future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face.”

While in Iraq, Jolie also took the time to privately visit US troops and other Multi-National Forces based in the area.

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  1. 1
    tammy Says:

    gosh i love angie,thanks jared.

  2. 2
    Ann Says:

    This woamn is amazing. I really admire her!

  3. 3
    Baker Hughes Says:

    Brad, Angie and your family will always be in my prayers.

  4. 4
    Bite me Says:

    the haters will be any second now

  5. 5
    stef Says:

    Angie es la MEJORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

    LA AMOOOO!

  6. 6
    Slayer, The Says:

    The viruses are coming!

  7. 7
    tammy Says:

    oh my gosh angie you are so good, thats why we love you and also thats why brad loves you so much.

  8. 8
    Yvonne Says:

    She really belongs there – dum dum dum

  9. 9
    JARED SHE MET WITH AMERICAN TROOPS TOO Says:

    Angelina Jolie highlights humanitarian crisis during Syria and Iraq visits

    DAMASCUS, Syria, August 28 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has visited Iraq and Syria to see first-hand the plight of hundreds of thousands of families uprooted by the conflict in Iraq.

    The UN refugee agency estimates more than 4. 2 million Iraqis have left their homes – 2 million to neighbouring states and another 2.2 million displaced inside Iraq.

    Yesterday in Damascus, Jolie visited a UNHCR registration centre and spent hours talking to Iraqi refugees in their homes. Today, she crossed into Iraq to visit 1,200 refugees trapped in a makeshift camp at the border, unable to flee Iraq, and later watched scores of Iraqis crossing into Syria at a border checkpoint.

    As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie said she would leave politics to others while focusing on the region’s huge humanitarian needs.

    “I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to this humanitarian crisis and to urge governments to increase their support for UNHCR and its partners,” Jolie said. “My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the humanitarian plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”

    After talking with some of the stranded refugees at Iraq’s Al Waleed camp on Tuesday, Jolie said: “it is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate about Iraq’s future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face.”

    While in Iraq, she separated from UNHCR to visit privately with US troops and other Multi-National Forces based in the area.

    Jolie arrived in Syria on Monday. In Damascus, she met some of the thousands of Iraqi refugees registering with UNHCR, nearly one-quarter of whom are victims of violence and torture. Tens of thousands are without jobs, and many young people are in danger of losing out on an education and a future. She recognized Syria for its open borders and generosity to Iraqis.

    In late July, UNHCR and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a joint US$129 million education appeal aimed at getting 155,000 young Iraqi refugees throughout the Middle East back into school. The United States announced Tuesday that it will contribute US$30 million to the appeal

    http://www.unhcr.org/news/NEWS/46d446a42.html

  10. 10
    Slayer, The Says:

    Did Brad start filming his movie already??????

  11. 11
    Tiff Says:

    Awww…we have moved the topic here…

    I am so proud of her for her humanitarian work…read her book Notes From My Travels and felt so inspired by her experiences…

    Those 4 children are so lucky to have such a caring and courageous mom (oh yeah, and Brad’s a little lucky too- haha)…

  12. 12
    IslandG1rl Says:

    God Bless Angie. I pray for her safety. What an amazing woman. God bless the Jolie-Pitt family, always.

  13. 13
    God bless the troops Says:

    She really belongs there – dum dum dum

    ***************************************
    Yes like the american troops who are dying on daily basis to protect a country they don’t know.

  14. 14
    Peaches Says:

    Bottom line is that she did a good thing, she did her job and she should be applauded for that not dragged through the mud. I look forward to seeing the pictures and hearing more about her trip. Brad surely must be very proud of her.

  15. 15
    please Says:

    JJ please put the update that she took time to meet with the AMERICAN TROOPS.

  16. 16
    DON'T FREAK OUT Says:

    DAMASCUS, Syria, August 28 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has visited Iraq and Syria to see first-hand the plight of hundreds of thousands of families uprooted by the conflict in Iraq.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    She alredy left

  17. 17
    godbless Says:

    GOD BLESS ANGELINA. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
    GOD BLESS ANGELINA. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
    GOD BLESS ANGELINA. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  18. 18
    HELP PERU Says:

    she is such a gr8 woman
    she should do some work in Peru where da earth quake happened!!!

    Deadly Earthquake Shakes Peru, Prompts Red Cross Response

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies sends assistance to Peruvian earthquake survivors.

    By Katie Lawson , Staff Writer, Redcross.org

    Thursday, August 16, 2007 — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the central coastal region of Peru early Wednesday evening, destroying buildings and leaving many people without power, water or communications. Immediately following the quake, the Peruvian Red Cross sent a relief team to the region to assess the damage and evaluate the needs of those affected.

    The powerful quake struck around 6:40 p.m. local time and was centered 90 miles south of Lima, the country’s capital. Initial reports indicate that several hundred people were killed and more than 1,300 have been injured. The province of Ica was hardest-hit by the largest temblor to strike Peru in 30 years. Widespread damage was also reported in the area of Chincha.

    Tsunami warnings were issued up and down the coast of Central and South America, but were later cancelled. Several aftershocks have continued to plague the region with more expected in the days ahead.

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation), American Red Cross and other Red Cross national societies maintain a warehouse of relief supplies at the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) in Panama. Two planes loaded with tents, plastic sheeting, blankets and jerrycans (for carrying water) are scheduled to land in the town of Pisco on Friday morning. The supplies will assist more than 2,000 families in the affected area.

    On high alert following the quake, PADRU deployed three disaster management delegates to assist with emergency operations. Rescue workers have been struggling to reach the hardest-hit areas due to giant cracks and fallen power lines on the Pan American Highway, a major inter-coastal thoroughfare. Rockslides were reportedly blocking other roads in the area.

    The International Federation has released $205,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Peruvian Red Cross relief operation.

    While the American Red Cross does not accept individually donated goods, the Red Cross is accepting financial donations for this disaster. To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or for Spanish, 800-257-7575.

    The American Red Cross, its partners in PADRU and the Peruvian Red Cross continue to monitor and assess the situation. Assistance by the American Red Cross may include mobilizing relief workers, supplies and financial resources.

  19. 19
    angie and the troops Says:

    While in Iraq, she separated from UNHCR to visit privately with US troops and other Multi-National Forces based in the area.

    ————————————————————
    I’m so happy to read this.

  20. 20
    HELP PERU Says:

    While the American Red Cross does not accept individually donated goods, the Red Cross is accepting financial donations for this disaster. To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or for Spanish, 800-257-7575.

  21. 21
    Slayer, The Says:

    15 please : 08/28/2007 at 1:02 pm
    JJ please put the update that she took time to meet with the AMERICAN TROOPS.
    ———–
    Why does everyone say Angelina hates the U.S. just because she hasn’t adopted from there?

  22. 22
    answer Says:

    9 Slayer, The : 08/28/2007 at 1:01 pm
    Did Brad start filming his movie already??????

    No

    Only readings for a couple of days. Filming according to someone at IMDB it is suppose to start 8/29 but that does not mean it includes Brad. Frankly I think Brad and George will start filming after they come back from the Venice.

  23. 23
    godbless Says:

    DO SOMETHING TO HELP. STOP THE HATE.
    DO SOMETHING TO HELP. STOP THE HATE.
    DO SOMETHING TO HELP. STOP THE HATE.

  24. 24
    tammy Says:

    La mujer mas grande de todos los tiempos.

  25. 25
    What????? Says:

    she is such a gr8 woman
    she should do some work in Peru where da earth quake happened!!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’m from Peru, the situation is alredy taken care off, yes we have some problems but I would not compared it with Iraq at all. So please STFU

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