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Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Thailand

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Thailand

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has called on the Thai government to grant Myanmar refugees in northern Thailand greater freedom of movement.

“I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie said after her visit Wednesday to Ban Mai Nai Soi camp.”With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self reliant. I hope we can work with the Thai authorities to speed up the government admissions process and that you will not be forced to go back to Burma if danger remains.”

Read the full report at UNHCR.org.

In movie news, Angie will be serving at the executive producer of Resilient, a film that tells the stories of strong women from different countries. Her friend, Mariane Pearl, the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, will interview five women who have overcome tough odds to bring about change in their communities.

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  • hannah

    Angie is so inspiring.

  • angelina

    angie in thailand? wow! who would have guessed

  • hannah

    I am first . This is the my first time in 3 years.

  • joe

    Hmm where’s all the night-shift trolls? Usually they’re here with the first twenty lame comments.

    Luv ya Angie!

  • Estelle

    Thank you Jared for the new thread.

    A beautiful person, inside and out, god blessed your heart and your family.

  • ayj6m6l

    that cap looks so cool on her.love u Angie. LOVE LOVE LOVE…………..

  • ayj6m6l

    blue blue blue. my favorate color! coooooolllllllllll

  • blair

    She really is an inspiring woman, its so nice to see someone famous make the most of their celebrity status, it really makes people aware of some of the horrible situations that are going on in our world right now. What is even nicer is she is consistent with it, its not a once off publicity stunt.

  • Sotos

    Angie Great work girl keep on saving our world!

    thanxxx

  • teri

    Yeah a new thread, thanks JJ. She’s absolutly stunning even dressed down in a cap and t-shirt. I’m hoping her latest visit will do some good and her pleas won’t go unheard.

  • Maniston

    Angelina Jolie calls on Thailand to grant refugees greater freedom
    Posted : Fri, 06 Feb 2009 05:06:00 GMT
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    Bangkok – The Thai government on Friday said they were “as lenient as possible” in their treatment of Burmese refugees living in camps in the kingdom, responding to US movie actress Angelina Jolie’s call on authorities to allow the camp-dwellers more freedom. On Wednesday Jolie, in her capacity as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and her partner US actor Brad Pitt visited Karen refugees living in camps in Mai Nai Soi, in Mae Hong Son province, 600 kilometres north of Bangkok.
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    The camp houses 18,111 Karen refugees, many of whom have lived there for more than a decade fleeing fighting in their home state across the border in Myanmar.
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    “I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie said in a statement provided by the UNHCR.
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    “With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self reliant,” she said, appealing to Thai authorities to allow the refugees greater freedom in seeking work and getting education in Thai schools.
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    Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat said they had not been officially informed of Jolie’s request.
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    “We try to be as lenient as possible where we can, but we not a rich country and have our security to think of,” Tharit said.
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    There are about 111,000 registered refugees living in nine camps in northern Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border. They are not allowed to leave the camps to work.
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    Thailand has an estimated one million Myanmar nationals working as labourers in the country, many of them illegally.

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    http://www.earthtimes.org…gees-greater-freedom.html

  • jona

    Go angie!!! your the best………………….

  • guli

    Jared..Thank you so much ((hugs and kisses)) You know what I mean and very many thanks!

  • teri

    In a short eight years Angelina has brought so much awareness to these people in dire needs. Keep up the good work Angelina and Brad.

  • Maniston

    Am so proud of Angie and Brad.

  • Kuky

    Ty JJ ;)

  • lips,tits smack that old ass.

    I respect her for what she’s doing.Hope she get the help she looking for.

  • Maniston

    Jolie visits camp for refugees from Myanmar
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    2009-02-06 07:54:03 -

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    BANGKOK (AP) – Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood star deeply involved in the plight of refugees, has called on the Thai government to respect the human rights of Myanmar’s Rohinyga «boat people» whom Thai authorities have pushed out to sea in recent weeks, a U.N. spokeswoman said Friday.
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    Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, are on a visit to Thailand, where on Wednesday they toured one of a string of camps along the Thai-Myanmar border sheltering refugees from the Myanmar’s military regime.
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    U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman Kitt McKinsey told a press conference that it was a coincidence that Jolie’s visit came just as the plight of the Rohingyas was catching world attention. The Rohingya, denied citizenship in their native land, have been trying to land in Thailand after a treacherous sea journey only to be towed back to sea and cast adrift by the Thai Navy. Indian officials, who rescued some, believe hundreds perished. She was extremely touched by the plight of the Rohingya people. She expressed the hope that the human rights of the Rohingya people will be respected just as the human rights of everyone in the world should be respected, McKinsey said.
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    «I also hope the Rohingya situation stabilizes and their life in Myanmar improves so the people do not feel the desperate need to flee, especially considering how dangerous their journey has become,» Jolie was earlier quoted as saying.
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    But the Rohingya, from western Myanmar, represent just a part of Myanmar’s refugee exodus.
    For decades, hundreds of thousands of others _ most from other ethnic minorities _ have fled by land across the country’s eastern border to Thailand, which has accorded most sanctuary. Most are civilians caught up in fighting between Myanmar government troops and ethnic insurgents. Faced with the risks of war, many flee to Thai refugee camps, where they are cooped up for years on end with little chance of resettlement in third countries and scant incentive to return to their homes.
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    On Wednesday, Jolie slapped a bright blue U.N. baseball cap on her head and toured the bamboo huts making up the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, home to 18,111 mainly ethnic Karenni refugees, just two miles (three kilometers) from the Myanmar border, near the northern Thai town of Mae Hong Son. There are between 116,000 and 135,000 refugees in total at camps along the border. Jolie, 33, sat down in a two-room house on stilts and talked with a female refugee, according to an account of the visit given Thursday in a press release by the U.N. refugee agency. She then met orphans at a boarding school and heard from teenage girls worried that they might be sent back to Myanmar Jolie asked one 26-year-old woman, Pan Sein, whether she was afraid when she made her perilous journey last year from her home village in Myanmar’s Kayah State.
    «Yes, I was scared,» Pan Sein replied. «It was dangerous to flee, but even more dangerous to stay in my village.
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    It can also be dangerous in the camp. Ban Mai Nai Soi was attacked by the Myanmar military in 1996, 1997 and 1998. There was fighting just across the border in 2005, and land mines spot the surrounding area.
    Jolie is no stranger to the area. This was her third visit to Thailand to meet with refugees and her mission has taken her to more than 20 countries to comfort the unwanted.
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    «I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,» Jolie said. «With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self-reliant.
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    Thailand recognizes most at the border camps as refugees with legitimate fear of returning to their homeland, but does not accord the Muslim Rohingyas the same status, and seeks to send them away.

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    «Visiting Ban Mai Nai Soi and seeing how hospitable Thailand has been to 111,000 mostly Karen and Karenni refugees over the years makes me hope that Thailand will be just as generous to the Rohingya refugees who are now arriving on their shores,» Jolie said.
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    Jolie was accompanied by Pitt but none of their six children, three of whom are adopted.
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    McKinsey said the couple arrived in Thailand by private jet and were now on «private time.» She said she did not know when they would leave the country.
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    http://www.pr-inside.com/…efugees-from-r1046676.htm

  • http://viss.wordpress.com Aung kyaw

    Although I wish Jolie the best in bringing the tragic story of Burma to light, I know how ignorant much of the world is when it comes to unfashionable news topics like Burma. Burma was the center of the world’s deadliest natural disaster of 2008 but hardly featured in the news, in contrast to China’s major earthquake. Double standards? It’s just what people care more about.

  • guli

    Aung kyaw @ 02/06/2009 at 4:19 am

    I can’t say I understand your frustration I wish I could!,… b/c I only know about the the situation in Burma from very little news we get here in US! I hope at least Angie’s visit will get alot of media coverage and it will bring attention to Burma…We are talking about it now aren’t we…Eventhough it’s at a celebrity blog…I hope this will be the beginning of news coverage in major news stations in US and in other countries to realise the desperate need of help Burma…

  • guga

    Don’t be such a poser.

    You’d better be here in Thailand as an ordinary person for a while, and you’ll know how highly most of these refugees can be a threat of your life and well-being.

    Living in an ivory tower now, how could you really even feel that life is tougher and tougher. Thai people and Thailand herself are suffering now, and don’t need problems and crimes by refugees fleeing their camps to add to our woes. Humanity my butt.

    You’d better learn to keep your thoughts to yourself, or else do what you say.

    Ooh! Maybe America wants to grant all of them her citizens? Yes, you did welcome some of the refugees with open arms. But don’t just scoop up only the cream!

  • zoe

    she’s amazing. <3

  • JM

    lol, what is this troll rambling on about,guga,gaga or whatever her uneducated mind is speaking,lol

  • http://www.altiusdirectory.com G Rajesh

    That’s great about Agelina. get biography, career life and personal life about Agelina Jolie at “www.altiusdirectory.com”

  • Maniston

    Jolie visits camp for refugees from Myanmar
    .

    BANGKOK – Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood star deeply involved in the plight of refugees, has called on the Thai government to respect the human rights of Myanmar’s Rohinyga boat people whom Thai authorities have pushed out to sea in recent weeks, a U.N. spokeswoman said Friday.
    .

    Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, are on a visit to Thailand, where on Wednesday they toured one of several camps along the Thai-Myanmar border sheltering refugees from Myanmar’s military regime.
    .

    U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman Kitt McKinsey told AP Television News that it was a coincidence that Jolie’s visit came just as the plight of the Rohingyas was catching world attention.
    .

    The Rohingya, denied citizenship in their native land, have been trying to land in Thailand after treacherous sea journeys only to be towed back to sea and cast adrift by the Thai Navy. Indian officials, who rescued some, believe hundreds perished.
    .

    “She was extremely touched by the plight of the Rohingya people. She expressed the hope that the human rights of the Rohingya people will be respected just as the human rights of everyone in the world should be respected,” McKinsey said.
    .

    “I also hope the Rohingya situation stabilizes and their life in Myanmar improves so the people do not feel the desperate need to flee, especially considering how dangerous their journey has become,” Jolie was earlier quoted as saying.
    .

    The Rohingya, from western Myanmar, represent just a part of Myanmar’s refugee exodus.
    .

    For decades, hundreds of thousands of others — most from other ethnic minorities — have fled by land across the country’s eastern border to Thailand.
    .

    Most are civilians caught up in fighting between Myanmar government troops and ethnic insurgents. Many flee to Thai refugee camps, where they remain for years with little chance of resettlement in third countries.
    .

    On Wednesday, Jolie slapped a bright blue U.N. baseball cap on her head and toured the bamboo huts of the Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, home to 18,111 mainly ethnic Karenni refugees, just two miles (three kilometers) from the Myanmar border, near the northern Thai town of Mae Hong Son.
    .

    There are between 116,000 and 135,000 refugees at camps along the border.
    .

    Jolie, 33, sat down in a two-room house on stilts and talked with a female refugee, according to an account of the visit given Thursday in a press release by the U.N. refugee agency.
    .

    Jolie asked one 26-year-old woman, Pan Sein, whether she was afraid when she made her perilous journey last year from her home village in Myanmar’s Kayah State.
    .

    “Yes, I was scared,” Pan Sein replied. “It was dangerous to flee, but even more dangerous to stay in my village.”
    .

    This was Jolie’s third visit to Thailand to meet with refugees and her mission has taken her to more than 20 countries to comfort the unwanted.
    .

    “I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie said.
    .

    Thailand recognizes most at the border camps as refugees with legitimate fear of returning to their homeland, but does not accord the Muslim Rohingyas the same status, and seeks to send them away.
    .

    “Visiting Ban Mai Nai Soi and seeing how hospitable Thailand has been to 111,000 mostly Karen and Karenni refugees over the years makes me hope that Thailand will be just as generous to the Rohingya refugees who are now arriving on their shores,” Jolie said.
    .

    McKinsey said the couple arrived in Thailand by private jet and were now on “private time.” She said she did not know when they would leave the country.
    .
    On the Net:

    Jolie’s work for UNHCR:

    unhcr.org/help/3f94ff664.html
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090206/ap_en_ce/as_thailand_people_jolie_refugees

  • To Sara M.

    Why are you posting movie reviews on this thread? This thread is about Angelina trying to help people in Thailand. I think you’re lost.

  • guli

    Sara M. @ 02/06/2009 at 4:48 am

    ROTFLMAO!!!! Thats exactly what I expected from this movie :-) But we’ll wait till it opens up tomorrow…

    zoe—ITA..she is amazing and brad was with her…well we know he can’t ever be away from his Angie for too long :lol: …I just love the JP’s and their devotion and love for each oher and their kids! ((love’s it)))

  • guli

    To Sara M. @ 02/06/2009 at 5:15 am

    Hmmm…NOPE as long it’s a JP thread..we post anything realated to them! I’ve been here for many years..lets say for along time..sooo please read the archieves before you decide what WE can post OR NOT!

  • Jen the Hag

    guga @ 02/06/2009 at 4:57 am Don’t be such a poser.

    Stop with your hating .. all people needs help. You might not approve of what Angelina is doing but the refugees on this camp DO.

    Who knows one day you’ll be in their situation then you will thank God that one person you HATE is there to bring light to your situation .

  • guli

    Jen the Hag @ 02/06/2009 at 5:20 am

    ITAWU—but you know when the trolls have only a one track mind it is sooooo easy tfor them to look like uneducated/uninformed fools!!!! Ohh let them be..so what is new ..afterall they are just the scumbs/trolls :lol: :lol:

  • guga

    yeah, don’t feed the troll, haha.

    so educated people can’t stand the truth? :D

  • funny, isn’t it?

    so educated or uneducated based on whom you like or not?
    guga just gave the truth behind the beautiful picture here.

    why don’t america or england or france help these refugees instead of pushing these problems to other countries who have their own problems?

  • Maniston

    please can some people respect this thread is about people in pain not about HE IS NOT INTO YOU.
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    Really am proud of Jolie work am not interested in what critic says about Jen movies.
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    Also when will people learn to put some troll on ignore. Silent is the best answer for a fool like troll we don’t need to play game with them again.
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    They can change my mind from supporting Angie&brad likewise i can change their mind.
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    Brad and Angie are living a fulfilled life troll or hater or people that hide behind computer can’t bring them down.
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    If you are lifted up nobody can bring you down.
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    Am not trying to control what people post the fact is that i admire fan for all their effort and their opinion/ comment on all the JP thread.
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    I have promise myself to follow what Jolie says about tabloid likewise the buyer, troll, hater, aniston fan IGNORE THEM.

  • Burn

    Beautiful person with a good heart. Angelina Jolie is an inspiration…such an amazing woman. Proud to be her fan.

  • guli

    oyy the troll you are educated..OK tell us right now w/o using google right now..where is Burma and ahat is the problem in that country…NOPE you can’t google..right away we want an an answer..little wise guy! OK..I started the clock! it is 5:32 am!…go troll!!!

  • guli

    Burn @ 02/06/2009 at 5:32 am

    ITA–she really doesn’t have to do this neither does Brad…but they are both great loving/caring people and thanks God they found each other..like Brad said they elevate(what was the word he used..similar) each other!!!

  • funny, isn’t it?

    i don’t care if she or he is such a great loving/caring people. it’s good she and he are doing something for the world, but before that she should learn the situation in any country before speaking some silly things like she did with this refugee thing.

    or maybe she could tell her beloved country to take some refugees and help them survive by themselves like she said in her interview.

    just don’t talk and blame other country. it doens’t help

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688870614&ref=profile qboy

    I LOVE this woman so much

  • guli

    Angie really is an inspiration!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEiIufcZOPk

  • x-trem

    I do really love her but now im so sick !!

    what she talking about how Thai shoud do for Rohingya. Thailand poor enought for now. We Thais pay tax because we want the government to use it to develop our country not to go to treat these people who are not even our people. We have neither the responsibility nor obligation to treat these people who cane from nowhere on our shore.

    if you want them so bad why don’t you adopt them all. just like you adopt your kids.

    When the Hatian”refugees” came to your shore. Bush send back. Don’t ask us to do what your country didn’t even care to do.

    PLEASE MIND YOUR OWN COUNTRY FIRST

  • funny, isn’t it?

    since SHE’s such an inspiration, do you here follow her footsteps to help the WORLD or just sitting right in front of your computer and praise her?

  • dalidef

    ohhhhhhhhhhh angelina is very beautiful and she sooooooo generous god bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JM

    lol, i love how the troll is sitting behind its computer,probably in its pj’s changing names and agreeing with itself,lol, i’m sure it just recently have been to thailand,lol, such losers these trolls are,lol

  • JM

    hnmm you’re sitting in front of your computer doing exactly what,lol

  • guli

    funny, isn’t it? @ 02/06/2009 at 5:41 am –
    ohh soo much anger/hatred? why? Just b/c she wants to help people and especially kids in a refugee camp!!! Duhhh..,.. Sooo just as a reminder this is a celebrity blog. otherwise I’d debate you foreva…..however…your post makes no sense other than hatred /jealousy towards Angie sooo me thinks…you need to move along :-)

  • funny, isn’t it?

    haha JM have you done that before
    i’ve been wondering who’s the real loser here

    just don’t agree with Joli and things she said, suddenly a LOSER
    who’s got the narrow mind here

  • funny, isn’t it?

    wow just don’t agree with Joli and what she said, suddenly a LOSER!!!
    makes me wonder, who’s got a narrow mind here?

  • guli

    funny, isn’t it? = x-trem…Ohh sweetie..I wasn’t born yesterday..you want me to ask Jared to show that you are the same person..just chatting away spewing hatred..all by yourself??? ROTFLMAO!!! OK..let me get my coffee…Ohh BTW where is that troll that was going to tell me where Burma was and what the problem over there was…I clocked her at 5:32 am now it is 5:59 am .poor sucker troll is still searching yahoo and googling :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • JM

    honey try to get an education before the name changing,you may get a bettter job offer,just saying,lol

  • funny, isn’t it?

    me jealous??? why do i have to jealous of her?
    i have my own life and it’s good.

    and i don’t hate her, i just disagree about she pushs this problem to Thailand and she surely doesn’t know anything about Thailand.

    then when i give a comment which is exactly what i think, i become a loser, jealousy person? hey .. who’s the one who should move along?

    you better tell your friend.

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