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Angelina Jolie: World Refugee Day Commemoration

Angelina Jolie: World Refugee Day Commemoration

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie joins the commemoration of World Refugee Day at the National Geographic Society on Thursday (June 18) in Washington, D.C.

According to UNHCR, this year’s theme for World Refugee Day on June 20 is “Real People, Real Needs.” Of the millions of people forcibly displaced by conflict, persecution and natural disasters, every one has a story to tell; they are real people, just like you and me, and they have real needs. But, despite the best efforts of UNHCR and many others, many of these basic needs are far from being met.

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  • pokeman

    am i first. i hope so.

  • Lurking From WOrk

    To Briseis,
    I got your message, Thanks. I will try to see if I can see the comments when I get a chance.

  • curious

    In all honesty….she’s lookin roughhhhhhh….She looks old for her age. Maybe she should just…you know, get some rest

  • sally

    shes looking old.

  • andamentothat

    Greetings fans..

    Way to go Angelina!! She is just an inspiration for everyone.

  • Lii

    She is so amazing – not sure that she is looking old. I think she looks professional and committed, not old. :)

  • deea

    this woman is truly amazing…word’s can’t describe the beauty she has inside and outside…..she is almost unreal…you look at here and you can”t belive such perfection and uniqness and kindnessto exist in only one body…I hope the right people will notice her work and join her in order to establish the world peace some day

  • fan

    I .love you Angie keep up the work.

  • Tina

    How can anyone not like this woman? She is such a wonderful person and does so much good in the world. And she is stunningly beautiful, in love with Pitt and an amazing actress.

  • Mark

    So lovely!!!!!!!!

  • Kuky

    Ty JJ ;)

  • pokeman

    wow! i am the first. this is the 1st time.

    anyway, if angie doesn’t care about how she looks, why should we care. obviously, this woman cares more about helping the unfortunate than her looks. unlike chiniston who is so self absorb and superficial. chin, chin cares more about her looks than helping the needy.

  • lostchick

    Has this chick been to college? Why is she consided to be a brain?

  • the real lou

    I think Angelina looks beautiful.The woman just flew in to Washington this morning from LA.Lord knows when she had to wake up this morning.She should be commended for be so committed and professional.

  • marina

    she’s doing what she loves, and is surrounded by people who are worthy. Nice of her to be there and conmemorate people that really need help. It was very nice seeing her when giving the prizes to the kids. Only bad hing was the reporter filling in, whats her name? Ann Curry? her voice was a whisper, and too modulated, it seemed like she was telling a secret, not conducting this type of event.
    Angie seemed in her element.

  • loyal2

    Gorgeous, inside and out. Love this woman. She is everything good all rolled up into a fabulous package.

  • sere87

    Curious ->>>in all honesty she look really good and she looks her age while others Hollywood celebrities every month inject (god knows how many times) botox in their faces…

    i’m so honored to be your fan…thanks to you i know many things that before i’ve never know…sorry for my english i’m italian
    thank you so much
    with love for you and your family

  • hottest couple ever

    I love you Angie.

  • Gwen

    love her so much!!!!!!

  • curious

    curious @ 06/18/2009 at 2:25 pm
    Please get your own name.

    Of course she’s tired. She has six kids and travels the world helping others.

  • pokeman

    lostchick @ 06/18/2009 at 2:31 pm

    just because someone didn’t attend college doesn’t mean he/she is not smart. you probably attended college and look at how dumb you are.

  • lmao

    lmao. since when did getting into college makes you a smart ass? fyi, being smart can also be acquired naturally. you just have to be aware of things in life. i bet you’re a college graduate who’s dumber than high school drop outs.

  • Not impressed by JA

    lostchick @ 06/18/2009 at 2:31 pm Has this chick been to college? Why is she consided to be a brain?
    For the same reason that Bill Gates is considered to have a super brain as compared to the MBA beholder Geogre WW Bush who has never even been articulate after 8 years as the commander in chief of the biggest democracy !
    No need to go to college to know that imbeciles and intelligent ones cover all palets of the society wether they went to college or not.

  • http://justjared anonymous

    what an amazing Lady!

  • sweetie

    she looks beautiful even when she’s tired. :-)

  • rpatzfan

    gorgeous! take note Megan Whore

  • serena87

    love her so much
    hello to all JP fans
    a good day

  • Passby

    To the haters – stop worry about Angie’s look. I wish I look like this anyday. The refugees is an important issue and the only thing you can talk about is her look. Get some substance in your life and stop smoking because your little brain is too limited to understand that there is more to life than being so bitter and ugly! Speaking of look, your hair mop idol wish she can look like this because Angie is on every beautiful and sexy lists out there, even though she doesn’t care about it and plus she doesn’t have to pose naked on covers to say that she is sexy. Here is a little advice, if your idol has to scream to the world that she is sexy, obviously men don’t think she is sexy. She will never be on the list – not with that man chin face. Less is more!

  • just saying
    here’s the video. not that it matters but she looks pretty. I guess I should be used to her looking better in video than in still shots. not that she’s ugly in the stills but she always makes the oddest faces when she talks and the blogs love to choose the pics where she’s not looking her best. this site actually chose the better shots to be honest. :lol:

  • pokeman

    Not impressed by JA @ 06/18/2009 at 2:38 pm

    well said :-)

  • lmao

    old? well, she is aging as everybody else is experiencing. well ofcourse some haters probably doesn’t know what natural aging means since their idol is miss forever young.

    she is looking beautiful on those photos considering she just flew in from L.A.

  • Not impressed by JA

    I really like here, her simple natural beauty, intelligence and sobriety wether in the mere make-up or dressing department. No flashy stuff a la Hollywood

    She has her priotities in check ! Woman of substance through and through

  • the real lou

    What is the deal with the haters and the barrage of idiotic posts?My lord,reading last nights thread was bad enough.

  • marina

    many actors and artists do not attend or finish college. Some do, but it is not the majority. It does not mean that they are not intelligent.
    Someone can study outside the system, no only to get a degree, but for personal purposes or to understand some issues.
    This Angelina “chick” has been involved for years in the topic of the World refugees and other World issues, and she appears to be well respected and taken into account by very important people, not just anonymous bloggers.
    Of course, more seasoned fans who have followed her career more closely may inform you later of her actions, sine you already ask, or you may google them if you are interested. You’d be surprised, but you can learn something new and interesting today.

  • pokeman

    Passby @ 06/18/2009 at 2:41 pm

    you know the people who said Angie doesn’t look good are chiniston’s fans because they are all shallow just like their idol.

  • http://love45 arlene

    Lo siento angelina jolie es feisima y sus labios son horribles no tiene ni en poquito de delicadesa

  • http://Justjared-aol Ms Beth

    More important to use a brain than just to be one.

  • jupi3

    Yes, she’s aging too fast for a 34 year old woman but she has a lot on her plate.

    Physical beauty fades in everyone. But not everyone has wisdom and inner beauty. Those are treasures that only grow better with time.

  • snowy

    Jeez, trolls are shallow and superficial. All they care about in life is the look and the age just like their favorite celebrity. Anyway, i’m glad that she’s speaking in behalf of UNHCR to help bring awarness of the current situation of the refugees. And about being old and tired? Where? I don’t see any traces of it from the photos. I think she is beautiful, smart and very poised on those photos.

  • Jolie hot chin not

    What a real woman looks like.

  • Jolie hot chin not

    What a realy woman looks like. Go Angie!

  • jupi3

    I thought she looked fabulous on the refugee video. She has such a pure and caring heart. Beautiful soul!

  • Not impressed by JA

    marina @ 06/18/2009 at 2:45 pm many actors and artists do not attend or finish college. Some do, but it is not the majority. It does not mean that they are not intelligent
    Like i said, the wealthier man in the world, Bill Gates didn’t go to college, while the former most powerful man in the world : George WW Bush is an MBA beholder from a prestigous college.
    Now who is the most wordly, articulate, cultured, savy, intellect, intelligent , aware and involved in humanitarian crisis, the best speaker of the two ? I don’t think it’s the brainless cow boy graduated from a reputable college or not !

  • Brenda

    I appreciate that Angelina Jolie wants everyone to focus their attention on the worlds refuges, but, there are so many underprivileged children in America that are in need of attention as well. I really appreciate the work that Ashley Judd does as an ambassador of Children with Aids. She seldomly uses this as a PR opportunity for herself.

  • the real lou

    # 38 jupi3 @ 06/18/2009 at 2:46 pm ….I take it you haven’t seen a close up picture of Kate Winslet,Drew Barrymore or Cameron Diaz.?Please do so, then tell me how Angelina is aging too fast for a 34 year old.

  • marina

    @arlene: “delicadesa” =delicadeza ¿a que te refieres con que no tiene delicadeza? este post es acerca de los refugiados,
    aqui hay un link si deseas aprender un poco sobre el tema, y no solamente criticar a alguien que está haciendo algo sobre el tema, no posando para un photoshoot:

  • Sofia

    amazing person

  • sschahok

    One time, when I was a die hard fan (and had no life) I read an article that if she wanted to escape the media, she could go to whatever the hell country it was and be left alone. She also had mentioned she would probably retire soon enough. I cried.
    I was an a.$.$.

    When is she going to make good on that promise and get lost?

  • QQQQ

    Angelina Jolie Celebrates World Refugee Day

    By Mary Green

    Originally posted Thursday June 18, 2009 02:40 PM EDT
    Standing ovations underscored an emotional ceremony Thursday marking World Refugee Day – with some of them led by Angelina Jolie. The star, along with the rest of the audience, was visibly as they heard firsthand stories from refugees who have been relocated to the United States. They were also able to cheer, via Internet camera, along with students from a school in a Chad refugee camp.

    Due to unexpected circumstances, some expected guests were not able to make the Washington, D.C., event. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had broken her elbow in an accident, while scheduled host Anderson Cooper suffered flight problems, leaving Ann Curry to fill in.

    Jolie, obviously choked up with emotion, said of the refugees, “Most of all they are survivors … They are the most impressive people I have ever met.”

    Tales of Survival
    Recalling a 2001 trip for the United Nations Refugee Agency to Afghanistan, during which she talked with an expectant mother of two, Jolie recalled, “Before we said goodbye to the pregnant lady, she pointed to her young boy with such a sad look and she said, ‘He’s always asking for more food, and it hurts me to say, “We have none.” ‘ A few weeks later the war in Afghanistan began.”

    Later in the hour-plus program, Jolie and the rest of the audience sat captivated as honoree Rose Mapendo, a single mother held captive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 16 months during that country’s civil war, recounted being forced to witness the torture and execution of her husband, and giving birth to twin sons on the cement floor of her cell.

    After the presentation, Mapendo, Jolie and the head of the U.N. Refugee Agency, Antonio Guterres, joined other American and international dignitaries for lunch. Thursday evening, all three will reunite for a gala celebration for UNHCR – before Jolie and her children leave D.C. to head back to Los Angeles, where Brad Pitt is filming Moneyball.

  • marina

    @Not impressed by JA: Please donot tell me that!!! I had no idea that dubya had a masters degree!!!
    well, the former president of my country, he studied ina prestigious private university and everytime he spoke (even now) puts his huge big foot in his mouth, and he supposedly was friends with W, so, now I know why they got along so well :D :D :D birds of a feather…