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Angelina Jolie in Iraq (Not Jordan)

Angelina Jolie in Iraq (Not Jordan)

Angelina Jolie is serving in Iraq, not Jordan as previously reported.

As goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the 32-year-old do-gooder was on a mission to highlight the plight of Iraqi refugees in Baghdad on Thursday.

Jolie is promoting action to help the two million people displaced by Iraq’s war.

“There’s lots of goodwill and lots of discussion, but there seems to be just a lot of talk at the moment,” Jolie told CNN in an exclusive interview. “What happens in Iraq and how Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East. And a big part of what it’s going to affect, how it settles, is how these people are returned and settled into their homes and their community and brought back together and whether they can live together and what their communities look like.”

Angie was also seen boosting the spirits of American troops, dropping by their dining facility for lunch in the heavily guarded Green Zone, which houses the embassy and Iraqi government offices in central Baghdad.

Watch the video interview of Angelina Jolie at CNN.com.

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  • Annabel

    FIRST

  • senior

    Good Morning to the JPs fans, good no one knows where she actually is until after. Thanks for the new thread jared off to work nice surprise, you made my day !

  • truth

    keep safe jolie

  • senior

    Angelina is amazing God bless her and family.

  • Annabel

    yeh keep safe…and wish the best for her kids..especially shiloh!
    from the last thread bout her. hope its not true

  • David

    fuck u frog-face!

  • lili

    dont like her, she’s pretencious

  • SERA

    Amazing!!!!! God Bless the Jolie Pitts.

  • filipino fan

    angie is truly amazing. cnn correspondent asked her why she is risking her life visiting iraq. indeed, only a few celebrities walk the talk and risk their lives to have a real look of what is really happening on the ground, for their causes. others just sit by, give money, attend dinner for some charities and that’s it.

  • DESTINYAWAITS

    great cause. keep up the good work. wow, i’m glad the media got it wrong as usual because that would have put her at risk if they new she was on an incoming flight.

  • bobbie

    Sadly, Iraq and the Iraqi people will be in shambles for quite some time to come.

  • Anna scott

    I love Angie!

  • nyc

    Wow! what an extraordinary woman. A real role model to all women.
    That’s Angelina Jolie. God Bless her and her family! Thank you JJ.

  • richard peterson

    i love her always my heart
    God bless angelina jolie and your family

  • filipino fan

    you think visiting iraq with the ever present danger of being hit by a bomb is pretentious? that’s the correct spelling btw….you can’t even spell right. you’re the pretentious one!!!

  • Masina

    Thank you, Angie! I am sure the boys overseas were pleasantly surprised, and happy to have such a concerned individual there to help and support them as well as the peopl of that nation. There are many other celebrities doing the same, but most of them are there to support just the troops. My sister served in Iraqi, and she mentioned how the media is so clouded with just giving the American viewers a minute portion of what is going on there. She was adopted by an Iraqi family who truly appreciated our presence in their country. There are many of those people who feel the same. When you see a celebrity that has a broader vision for what is happening outside our own comfort zone, you gain a greater respect for their work and them as a person.

  • DESTINYAWAITS

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/02/07/jolie.transcript/index.html
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie gave an exclusive interview with CNN’s Arwa Damon while visiting Iraq to draw attention to the refugee crisis in the wartorn country. Here is a full transcript of the interview:

    “Displacement can lead to … instability and aggression,” Jolie, right, tells CNN’s Arwan Damon.

    Damon: First of all thank you obviously for your time. What is your main aim in this visit — what are you trying to acomplish while you are out here?

    Jolie: Well I came to the region about 6 months ago, I first went to Syria because I work with U.N.H.C.R. and there are 1.5 million refugees in Syria alone from Iraq and while I was there, I went inside and met with some internally displaced people. And this trip is to get a better picture of the internally displaced people and to discuss with the local government, with our government, with the NGOs and with local people, the situation and try to understand what is happening, because there are over 2 million internally displaced people and there doesn’t seem to be a real coherent plan to help them and there’s lots of good will and lot’s of discussion –but there seem to be a lot of uh — just a lot of talk at the moment and a lot of pieces need to be put together. So, trying to figure out what they are.

    Damon: What kind of a sense have you been able to get so far in terms of how severe the crisis is and what actually needs to be done to help out? Watch CNN’s exclusive interview with Angelina Jolie »

    Jolie: Well, I in my research before I came here, I looked at the numbers and there are over 4 million people displaced and of the 2 million internally displaced it’s estimated that 58 percent are under 12 years old. So it’s a very high number of people in a very, very vulnerable situation and a lot of young kids. So far the different U.S. officials I’ve met with and different local people I’ve met with all have shared concerns and very, very strongly you know they have spoken out about the humanitarian crisis but um, but there seems to be a block in.

    I’m not good at policy and fixing all this and saying what’s wrong but I do know that for example U.N.H.C.R. needs to be more active inside Iraq. In order for that to happen, they need they feel strongly about having some better protection … better security in talking with the U.S. officials, they’re willing to give that security to the extent that they can give it.

    And so you know I don’t have the answers but I know that this is one thing that needs to be addressed and solved because there does need to be a real presence here to help count the people and register the people. Also even just the government here needs to empower the prime minister … here needs to empower the government that deals with migration and displacement to be able to address the concerns for these people and that hasn’t happened in a significant way yet.

    Damon: Do you think that the global community has a responsibility to address that?

    Jolie: Well I think the global community always has a … has a responsibility to any humanitarian crisis. And I think it’s in our best interest to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale because displacement can can lead to a lot of instability and aggression and you know pop. We don’t … we certainly we just don’t want that we have.. A lot of people feel it’s a little calmer now … this is the time to really discuss and and try to get these communities back together. But if these communities don’t start coming back together properly, if we don’t start really counting the people … understanding where they are … what they need … making sure the schools are being built … making sure the electricity the water and all these needs are being met and also understanding that a lot of the people that will return are going to come back to houses that are occupied or destroyed and bombed out and we have to we have to have… It’s going to be a big operation to understand the needs … to address it to help people put the pieces of their life back together and return to their communities. So it’s really just putting kind of … getting the plan together … getting the group together and everybody actively focused on helping the IDPS and the refugees.

    Damon: What would the message that you would want to carry out of here back to the States or even the message that you would want to get out internationally in terms of what’s happening here … the refugee crisis … how serious it is and the consequences that could happen in the future if it’s not properly addressed?

    Jolie: I always hate speculation on the news, so I don’t want to be somebody who speculates. Um but I think it’s clear, I think, I think you know a displaced unstable population is you know is a very what happens in Iraq, and how Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East.

  • DESTINYAWAITS

    2nd half of transcript

    Damon: On a personal level why is this so important to you … you willing to come here and risk your life?

    Jolie: Uh, what about you (laughs) why are you here? (laughs) It was an easy choice to make. I’ve uh, I felt I had to come here because it is very difficult to get answers about especially the internally displaced people. It’s as I said even U.N.H.C.R. who I traditionally work with — they are not able to be inside at the moment and so I was very frustrated and just getting a bunch of ideas and papers but not knowing what’s really going on, so so today I’m able to talk to all different people from our government and their government and really get some answers as to what is holding up the processes to really really assist these people properly.

    Damon: Do you think that you in your position can try to push this process forward put … pressure perhaps on the U.S. government to let more refugees into the U.S. to address the situation within Iraq and of course address the situations in Syria and Jordan?

    Jolie: To put pressure on the U.S.?

    Damon: On the U.S. or to try to just put pressure in general create awareness?

    Jolie: (interrupting) I think certainly creating awareness. And I think you know what I found is there is… I spoke to the State Department today about meeting our goal, you know the U.S.’s goal of 12,000 people and they still intend to reach that goal and they have and you know there are many different people who can be cynical or say well how are they going to do it, and I will ask them how are you going to do it and is there some way we can help to … you know … is there some thing we all need to understand more is there ways we can help to process different people in different countries better is there because uh because we do need to get those people and we do need to in eight months get as close to 12,000 people as possible we should and I have to believe that there are people working towards that goal so.. So at least that and um, what was your other question?

    Damon: Why is it so important? What do you think needs to be (interrupted) Why is Iraq important?

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    Jolie: Well as I said, if it is not stable it can affect the entire Middle East and that will effect our entire world. If you don’t simply want to look at it as of course it’s important because there are human beings living here .. I don’t see borders and I see lives and I see children and this is you know an environment where there is a war but there is a humanitarian crisis. And they have to be addressed simultaneously. We can’t wait for one to end to then finally take the time to address the other, it has to start right now.

    Damon: There are reports out of Hollywood that… (laughs)

    Jolie: Oh don’t. Stop it. (interupts I had to ask) Stay true to your tradition. You’re CNN. Don’t do it!

    Damon: I know that’s why I have to… (Laughs)

    Jolie: But I don’t have to answer. OK?

    Damon: No you don’t. I completely and totally … you’re right and will not press the matter.

    Jolie: Thank you.

  • http://justjared.com (LOVE- J )
  • ace tomato

    She’s doing exactly what she should in her role with the UN – hopefully today people will think about the people in Iraq who have to deal with making their daily lives work in the war zone. And yay for her for giving support to our troops.

    The UN on the whole is one corrupt, bloated mess – but there are areas where it still is a a wonderful agency – and Jolie’s work shows what the UN can do when it is at its best.

  • irma

    So proud of you Ange, you put others first before your safety. Be safe & I hope, you are on your way back home now. She looks tired but still beautiful. God bless her & the rest of her family.

  • http://justjared.com (LOVE- J )

    I’m inspired by her.

  • DESTINYAWAITS

    she’s totally pregnant. I like when she said come on your CNN.

  • http://justjared.com (LOVE- J )
  • LINA

    24th

  • zoe

    love her!

  • the shiznack

    good on ya Ange, i hope u stay safe and watch out for them goddamn IED’S

  • http://Test. original jpf

    According to ABC’s Chris Cuomo, Angelina Jolie is in Iraq on behalf/”at the request of” the U.S State Department.

    Thanx JJ

    jpf

  • jjs

    she’s great! and with no makeup on, she looks very human and approachable, but she does seem kind of tired and like she should get some rest. i hope she doesn’t collapse from all the stress of travelling. but she’s doing a very good thing and raising awareness.

  • DESTINYAWAITS

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20176664,00.html
    Shining onstage at the Santa Barbara Film Festival only last Saturday, Angelina Jolie showed up a world away – in every respect – on Thursday: Baghdad.

    The actress, 32, is there in her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to focus attention on the plight of more than 2 million “very, very vulnerable” internally displaced Iraqis, CNN reports.

    “There’s lots of goodwill and lots of discussion, but there seems to be just a lot of talk at the moment, and a lot of pieces that need to be put together. I’m trying to figure out what they are,” Jolie, calling for a more coherent plan for the refugees to trickle back to their homes, said as part of an interview with CNN.

    “What happens in Iraq and how Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East,” she said. “And a big part of what it’s going to affect, how it settles, is how these people are returned and settled into their homes and their community and brought back together and whether they can live together and what their communities look like.”

    She added, “It’s in our best interest to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale because displacement can lead to a lot of instability and aggression.”

    Jolie’s visit is due to encompass meetings with the top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi migration officials, says the American Embassy, the Associated Press reports.

    AP Television News also showed her socializing with American troops over lunch at a dining facility in the high-security Green Zone, where the embassy and Iraqi government offices in central Baghdad are located.

  • irma

    Time will come for Iraq to be what it used to be from the help of the US & other countries, we can’t just abandon them now, we need to repair what damaged we’ve done & right now it seems we are on the right path, it will be years but it is going there. Ange represents each of us, she gives morale boost to a lot of US soldiers in Iraq, as a high caliber movie star, she can be in her mansion & be with her kids & Brad but because she views the world differently & cares about the refugees she went there personally to see what’s going on once she comes back on her trip she will report that to the UN & from that they will discuss what’s best for the refugees in Iraq, that’s really a big deal to those people displaced by war. Ange doesn’t mind to be unglamorous & dirty unlike other stars of HW who do nothing to help the unfortunate ones, it’s a lot different to be there personally than just talk about it behind the camera. Ange is doing it personally with compassion & commitment. Brad is so proud of you & fans are so proud of you. Be safe Ange. God bless.

  • AJP

    I have already sent her blessings over the airwaves as she was airborne. It was written by a teacher of mine who just passed over last month:

    May the light of your soul guide you
    May the light of your soul bless the work
    You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart
    May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul
    May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
    Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work
    May your work never weary you
    May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement
    May you be present in what you do
    May you never become lost in the bland absences
    May the day never burden you
    May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
    possibilities and promises
    May evening find you gracious and fulfilled
    May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected
    May your soul calm, console and renew you

    by the late Irish Poet John O’Donohue

  • mad at

    # 6 David………you can go to Iraq & be a target. You have to be appreciative of Ange & the troops overseas specially in Iraq & Afghanistan who are there serving the people, how about you, what have you done to help others? I bet nothing because you don’t see Ange as humanitarian. You are one bitter person, you need help.

  • Sweets

    How ppl. can “worship” such narcissistic, greedy, ego-tistical “stars” such as: “The Beckhams’”, “The Cruises”, Paris Hilton, LL, BS, etc… when this woman has such a genuine, true, loving, giving spirit, and actually “walks the walk NOT just talking the talk” so to speak… it’s truly baffling to me… Ange is a TRUE Humanatarian in every sense of the word- giving, gracious, selfless- always looking/searching for ways to enhance the plight of those less fortunate… she’s truly an inspiration…

  • sofia

    Good for you, Angelina.

    She could have just attended the “Raising Malawi” event and felt good about herself, but no, she actually went to where it’s really happening. It was great that when the CNN correspondent asked her why she was rising her life, she asked her why she was risking HER life? Basically that they’re both there because there’s a need to be there.

  • African Girl

    Thanks Jared.

    AJ is an inspiration.

  • truth

    Just saw angie live on cnn with the us troops. She looked good and happy and sitting and talking to them in the mess hall and they were all taking pics of her. Over at jjb a fan has posted new st john ads and angie looks so stunning.

  • Nancy

    Going to Iraq while pregnant? She’s out of her f*cking mind!

  • zoe

    #7, lili = a moron who has nothing better to do but insult ppl and uses words that aren’t even in the dictionary. how lame and pathetic. who cares if you don’t like her? keep it to yourself…what makes you think we give a damn about your opinions?

  • Anon

    I love her. She is my role model. I hope she will stay safe and continue to do this work for many years to come. And I love Brad for standing by her.

  • susan

    Good Job Angie!! God Bless you and have safe trip back home…

  • clarity

    #38

    This morning pregnant women in Iraq got up and went about their business with no protection – your point?

  • http://justjared.com ~-B.e.l.l.e-`

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20176664,00.html

    Jolie will return to the U.S. Thursday night.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    Reuters

    By Paul Tait

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Hollywood star and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie appealed on Thursday for more international help for the millions of Iraqis displaced internally and abroad, U.N. officials said.

    Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), met officials from the United Nations, the U.S. embassy and the U.S. military in central Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

    “She’s here in her official capacity to talk to government officials, the military and the United Nations about Iraq’s refugees and displaced persons,” Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. envoy to Baghdad, told Reuters.

    Jolie also visited Iraq last August, when she went to a makeshift camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) and met Iraqi refugees in Damascus, capital of neighboring Syria.

    She said she wanted more information about IDPs and to discuss the problem with the Iraqi government, U.S. officials and aid workers, as well as to meet local Iraqis.

    “There are over 2 million internally displaced people and there doesn’t seem to be a real coherent plan to help them,” Jolie told CNN. “There’s lots of goodwill and lots of discussion but there seems to be just a lot of talk at the moment and a lot of pieces need to be put together,” she said.

    Some 2.2 million Iraqis have fled sectarian fighting which killed tens of thousands after the bombing of a revered Shi’ite shrine in February 2006 and pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war.
    The Iraqi Red Crescent estimates that between 1.5 million and 2 million Iraqis fled to Syria, most of the others going to Jordan. Roughly the same number are displaced within Iraq.

    “I was very impressed by the fact that she was extremely well informed and well documented about the plight of refugees in Iraq and outside Iraq,” de Mistura said after meeting Jolie for about 30 minutes.

    “She asked how can all of us make sure that refugees are better treated,” he said. :)

    An Iraqi Red Crescent (IRC) report on Thursday said that the number of IDPs returning to their homes had slowed significantly because people were still worried about security.

    A UNHCR report this week said the flow of refugees from Syria back to Iraq had also slowed, and that more Iraqis were leaving than returning. The IRC says 46,000 refugees returned from Syria between September 15 and December 27, 2007, far fewer than government figures indicate.

    Iraqi officials, eager to play up signs of improving security, said last November that up to 1,600 were returning to Iraq daily, but now they say the situation is not clear and a more accurate survey is being planned.

    The UNHCR report said most of those returning were doing so not because of improved security but because they could no longer afford to live in Syria.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL0789968820080207?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

  • ella

    I admire her activites. It is true she is inspiration.

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    AJP @ 02/07/2008 at 9:27 am

    I have already sent her blessings over the airwaves as she was airborne. It was written by a teacher of mine who just passed over last month:

    May the light of your soul guide you
    May the light of your soul bless the work
    You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart
    May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul
    May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
    Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work
    May your work never weary you
    May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement
    May you be present in what you do
    May you never become lost in the bland absences
    May the day never burden you
    May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
    possibilities and promises
    May evening find you gracious and fulfilled
    May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected
    May your soul calm, console and renew you

    by the late Irish Poet John O’Donohue
    __________________________________________

    That is so beautiful. :)

  • iraqi

    woah.

    she has no idea about Iraqi people – every sentence is rhetorical.
    this lady should donate money – not her public face.

    fuck off, jolie

  • ….

    How cool….Interesting how the interview with CNN ended as well :)

  • Thankyou

    Wow! Love her.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Jared for the new thread and the video interview of Angie talking to CNN about her trip to Iraq and helping the over 2M refugees. She was great in the interview. She is truly amazing and know exactly what she is talking about. I love the video of her having lunch witht the troops.

    Be safe Angie. She is so inspiring and just so real. So proud to be a fan of hers

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