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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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  1. 1
    hannah Says:

    Angie is so inspiring.

  2. 2
    angelina Says:

    angie in thailand? wow! who would have guessed

  3. 3
    hannah Says:

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

  4. 4
    joe Says:

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

    Luv ya Angie!

  5. 5
    Estelle Says:

    Thank you Jared for the new thread.

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

  6. 6
    ayj6m6l Says:

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

  7. 7
    ayj6m6l Says:

    blue blue blue. my favorate color! coooooolllllllllll

  8. 8
    blair Says:

    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.

  9. 9
    Sotos Says:

    Angie Great work girl keep on saving our world!

    thanxxx

  10. 10
    teri Says:

    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.

  11. 11
    Maniston Says:

    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

  12. 12
    jona Says:

    Go angie!!! your the best………………….

  13. 13
    guli Says:

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

  14. 14
    teri Says:

    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.

  15. 15
    Maniston Says:

    Am so proud of Angie and Brad.

  16. 16
    Kuky Says:

    Ty JJ ;)

  17. 17
    lips,tits smack that old ass. Says:

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

  18. 18
    Maniston Says:

    Jolie visits camp for refugees from Myanmar
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    © AP
    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

  19. 19
    Aung kyaw Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    guli Says:

    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…

  21. 21
    guga Says:

    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!

  22. 22
    zoe Says:

    she’s amazing. <3

  23. 23
    JM Says:

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

  24. 24
    G Rajesh Says:

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

  25. 25
    Maniston Says:

    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.
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    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

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