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Angelina Jolie Meets with Syrian Refugees at Jordan Border

Angelina Jolie Meets with Syrian Refugees at Jordan Border

Angelina Jolie listens intently and records the stories of refugees who had just escaped the war in Syria by crossing the Jaber border on Tuesday (June 18) in Jordan.

The 38-year-old actress, who is a UNHCR Special Envoy, said that the purpose of her visit is “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region most directly affected by this devastating conflict.”

Angie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which is commemorated each year on June 20.

“The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today,” Angelina added. “By the end of this year half of Syria’s population – ten million people – are expected to be displaced and in desperate need.”

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Angelina Perfection @ 06/19/2013 at 8:45 am

This Woman is an angel on earth, so beautiful inside and out.

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Angelina is admired all over the world.

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Re-Posting my posts from Brads thread:
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Wartime rape not inevitable: Angelina Jolie -
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India Blooms News Service
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London, Apr 12 (IBNS): Hollywood superstar and special envoy for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie on Thursday joined foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries here as they pledged to fight against rape and other sexual violence in conflict.
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The Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, which was endorsed by all G8 members – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States – commits the group to help victims of sexual violence in war, prevent further attacks and hold perpetrators responsible for their crimes, with USD 35.5 million in funding targeted to those efforts.
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Speaking at the G8 meeting on Thursday, Jolie welcomed the Declaration but said it was “long overdue” for sexual violence survivors.
“For too long, they have been the forgotten victims of war, responsible for none of the blame but bearing the worst of the pain,” Jolie said, adding that millions of people will be watching to see countries implement the commitments made on Thursday.
“Wartime rape is not inevitable,” Jolie said.
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At the launch of the Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in London on Thursday, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura said: “We have an opportunity like at no time before in history to break the back of this age-old evil.”
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In a statement, Bangura stressed that the Declaration “affirms our conviction that this crime constitutes a fundamental threat to international peace and security, and as such requires an operational and strategic security and justice response.”
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She noted that conflict-related sexual violence does not only affect one person, but is an assault on the peace and security of entire communities. This crime makes post-conflict reconciliation more difficult, and hinders efforts to create enduring peace.
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“Even as we concentrate on our obligations to the survivors of sexual violence – the critical health, psycho-social, legal and other services needed for them to rebuild their lives – we now also train a more concerted spotlight on all those who commit, command, or condone sexual violence in conflict,” Bangura said.
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She added that perpetrators should be pursued by any and all means, and emphasized that by doing so the stigma of this crime would be transferred from the victims to the perpetrators.
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- Shortcut to: http://www.indiablooms.com/NewsDetailsPage/2013/newsDetails120413x.php

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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian border
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News Stories, 19 June 2013
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border crossing, Jordan–Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before. She heard stories of bombs and pain and loss from people fleeing Homs, Dara’a and Qusair, three of the communities devastated by the Syrian conflict. Ms. Jolie encouraged the refugees to tell her, and through her the world, of their ordeal. “We can’t know your pain,” Ms. Jolie said at one point, speaking to families who had lost their loved ones. But she listened.
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Ms. Jolie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which each year is commemorated on June 20. She and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, arrived in the country on 18 June. Mr Guterres started his visit to the region in Lebanon, where he met with refugees and government officials. In Jordan, he and Ms. Jolie will meet with the government and refugees living in Jordan’s cities, as well as in the sprawling Za’atri refugee camp.
The purpose of her visit, said Ms. Jolie, is “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region most directly affected by this devastating conflict.”
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At the Syrian border, Ms. Jolie heard stories of great courage and sadness. Mohammed Al-Kassem, his wife Walida and their young daughter Faten had just arrived after escaping from Qusair, the site of a bitter battle which left the town in rubble and unleashed a new wave of refugees into neighbouring countries. “In the battles and bombing, most of my friends died,” he said. “There is nothing left, all was destroyed, no buildings, no medicines. Ninety five men died because their wounds became infected and there was nothing to treat them with. I was the only one of my family to escape. Those who could not flee can only wait for death.”
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After meeting with refugees, Ms Jolie was briefed by Maj. General Hussein Al-Zyoud, the commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces, and his staff. As they talked, shelling just across the border in Syria could be clearly heard.The war in Syria forced more people to flee last year than any other conflict in the world. In the last six months the number has more than doubled to 1.6 million, of whom 540,000 are in Jordan.
“The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today,” said Ms. Jolie. “By the end of this year half of Syria’s population – ten million people – are expected to be displaced and in desperate need.”She urged the world to do much more to help the people of Syria. “The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy,” she said. “Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found.”
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Shortcut to: http://www.unhcr.org/51c16bf89.html

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UNHCR Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Jordan–Syria border
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AMMAN (Petra) — UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Jordan’s border with Syria on Wednesday, where she listened to the stories of Syrian refugees who had fled Syria just hours earlier.
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After meeting with the refugees, Jolie was briefed by Commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces Major General Hussein Al-Zyoud on the extensive efforts exerted by the Jordanian border guards to receive the Syrian refugees and provide shelter for them. He also talked about the medical assistance provided to wounded refugees.
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Ms. Jolie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which is commemorated each year on June 20. She and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, arrived in Jordan yesterday.
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The purpose of her visit, said Jolie, is “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region that are most directly affected by this
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- Shortcut to: http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=21637

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UN warns of worst refugee crisis in nearly 20 years
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Conflicts in Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali push number of displaced people to more than 45 million
• guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 19 June 2013 11.26 BST
Angelina Jolie talks to to Syrian refugees in a camp on the Jordan-Syria border. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
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The world is in the throes of its most serious refugee crisis for almost 20 years, as conflicts in Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, the UN’s refugee agency has said.
In its global trends report (pdf), UNHCR said more than 45.2 million people were displaced last year, the largest number since 1994. This includes 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers, and 28.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – those forced to find refuge within the borders of their own countries.
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“These truly are alarming numbers. They reflect individual suffering on a huge scale and they reflect the difficulties of the international community in preventing conflicts and promoting timely solutions for them,” said António Guterres, UN high commissioner for refugees and head of UNHCR.
The number of 28.8 million IDPs is the highest level in more than two decades, mainly because of the war in Syria. The three-year conflict, which has claimed 90,000 lives, has led to 4.25 million Syrians being internally displaced and more than 1.6 million refugees, concentrated in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Last week the UN launched its biggest appeal – $5bn (£3.2bn) – as it warned that half of Syria’s population will need humanitarian aid by the end of the year.
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Globally, 7.6 million people fled their homes last year, of whom 1.1 million were refugees and 6.5 million internally displaced. This is equivalent to a new refugee or internally displaced person every 4.1 seconds.African countries have emerged as pioneers in addressing the problem of IDPs. In December, the Kampala convention, the world’s first legally binding instrument to outline the obligations of governments to protect and assist IDPs, came into force.
Signed, although not necessarily ratified, by 37 of the 53 members of the African Union, the convention binds governments to provide legal protection for the rights and wellbeing of those forced to flee within their countries because of conflict, violence, natural disasters or development projects.
Under the convention, governments must gather data and identify IDPs to understand where they are and what they need, provide personal identification documents, trace families and help reunite them, and consult IDPs in decisions on their needs.
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Children under 18 comprise 46% of refugees. A record 21,300 asylum applications submitted during 2012 were from children unaccompanied or separated from their parents.Countries bearing the biggest burden of refugees tend to be in the developing world. Pakistan last year continued to host more refugees than any other country (1.6 million), followed by Iran (868,200) and Germany (589,700). Developing countries host 8.5 million refugees (81% of the world’s total compared with 70% a decade ago).
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Afghanistan remains the largest source of refugees, a position it has held for 32 years. One in four refugees worldwide is Afghan, with 95% located in Pakistan or Iran. Somalia, another war-ravaged country, was the second-largest source of refugees in 2012, although the rate of outflow has slowed as the country has stabilised. Iraqis were the third-largest refugee group (746,700), followed by Syrians (471,400).
As for solutions, voluntary repatriation provides the most durable response, followed by local integration and resettlement to a third country, although this option is open to few refugees.
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According to the report: “Voluntary repatriation is the durable solution for the largest number or refugees. It requires the commitment of the country of origin to protect and to reintegrate its own citizens back into their home communities.”Over the past 10 years, 7.2 million refugees were repatriated, but only 836,500 were resettled. Last year, more than 500,000 were able to return home. The main countries of return were Afghanistan, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Syria. Most of the Afghans and Iraqis had been in exile for many years before their return. Of the repatriating Syrian and Ivorian refugees, most returned after only one or two years in exile, but with the prospects for continued violence in Syria and DRC, returns to these countries are likely to be poor.
The world’s four largest refugee camps are in Kenya, known collectively as Dadaab, home to about 500,000 refugees. Nyaragusu camp in Tanzania is the world’s fifth-largest camp, home to 68,100 refugees, mainly from DRC.
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Shortcut to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jun/19/refugee-crisis-world-worst-united-nations

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UN: Syria civil war pushes number of world refugees, displaced people up to 45.2 million
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These are the highest numbers since 1994, when people fled genocide in Rwanda and bloodshed in former Yugoslavia, the UN refugee agency reports.
The civil war in Syria contributed to push the numbers of refugees and those displaced by conflict within their own nation to an 18-year high of 45.2 million worldwide by the end of 2012, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday.
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Those are the highest numbers since 1994, when people fled genocide in Rwanda and bloodshed in former Yugoslavia.
By the end of last year, the world had 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers and 28.8 million people who had been forced to flee within the borders of their own countries, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a report.
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Of those, 17 percent were new to their situations in 2012: 1.1 million new refugees and 6.5 million new internally displaced people.
That translates into someone becoming a new refugee or internally displaced person somewhere in the world every 4.1 seconds during the last year, said Antonio Guterres, head of the Geneva-based agency, also known as UNHCR.
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“Which means each time you blink, another person is forced to flee,” he told reporters in Geneva.
Children below the age of 18 accounted for 46 percent of refugees worldwide. Most of the refugees in the world have fled from five war-affected countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. The overall numbers rose by 6 percent increase from the 42.5 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world at the end of 2011.
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Shortcut to: http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/un-syria-civil-war-pushes-number-of-world-refugees-displaced-people-up-to-45-2-million-1.530745

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UNHCR Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Jordan–Syria border
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Amman, June 19 (Petra) — UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Jordan’s border with Syria on Wednesday, where she listened to the stories of Syrian refugees who had fled Syria just hours earlier.
After meeting with the refugees, Jolie was briefed by Commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces Major General Hussein Al-Zyoud on the extensive efforts exerted by the Jordanian border guards to receive the Syrian refugees and provide shelter for them. He also talked about the medical assistance provided to wounded refugees.
Ms. Jolie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which is commemorated each year on June 20. She and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ant?nio Guterres, arrived in Jordan yesterday.
The purpose of her visit, said Jolie, is “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region that are most directly affected by this devastating conflict.” //Petra// A SH 19/6/2013 – 02:27:39 PM
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too sad that the hags can’t keep their nasty comments to themselves. I’m sure the people fleeing that danger are grateful she is there.

very proud of this woman.

Good Morning Busted
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Ignore the Trolls they have black hearts by nature nothing good will come out of their mounths …Sorry to be posting on both threads at the moment didnt want the Trolls to sully it with their hate. So have posted Angie current UNHCR news.

SHE’S THE MOST GORGEOUS THING ON THE PLANET!
kind-hearted! an awesome lady

more movies angelina!!!! wooohooo

Refugee activist extraordinaire Angelina Jolie returns to Jordan
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Published June 19th, 2013 – 10:47 GMT via SyndiGate.info
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Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has arrived in Jordan as part of a UNHCR trip to the Zaatari refugee camp.
During her stay, Jolie is said to be meeting with Jordanian officials to discuss the inflow of Syrian refugees across Jordan’s northern border, as well as how the Kingdom has been affected.
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Sources say Jolie is then scheduled to visit several sites on the border where refugees commonly cross into Jordan. There she will be acquainted with ongoing efforts by the border patrol to assist incoming refugees.
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For Jolie’s final stop, she will meet Syrian families to hear their stories and determine what more can be done for them by international aid agencies.
This is Jolie’s third trip to Jordan during the Syrian civil war.
She traveled with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Zaatari refugee camp in September and December 2012. During her first visit to the camp near the Syrian border, the population of refugees was around 30,000. Today, that number is around 120,000, according to the New York Times.
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Jolie has a history of bringing global issues into the limelight, having traveled to refugee camps in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Haiti with the UNHCR.
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Good morning phool.. thanks for all the information posted..

and yes .. maybe we can do a switch. those poor refugees can come here and the haters can ship out. IF ONLY.

well off to work

UN Says 45.2 Million Refugees and Displaced People
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#busted @ 06/19/2013 at 9:05 am
. maybe we can do a switch. those poor refugees can come here and the haters can ship out.
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Amen sister if only by a magic wand we could do this then they would get to know the real meaning of being a refugee. Take care have agood day at work and take care of the Toe of yours lol.Will talk later.

were the morons @ 06/19/2013 at 9:10 am

Good morning Phool,
How are you doing today?
Ahhh, our Angie is so brave. I love this woman.

were the morons @ 06/19/2013 at 9:13 am

Good morning Rose and Anustin,
How are you ladies today?
Angie is so brave doing what she’s doing right now. I love her!

THANK YOU JARED AND STAFF FOR ADDING A NEW THREAD FOR ANGELINA!

Jolie Listens To Tragic Stories Of Syrians Fleeing Conflict
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6/19/2013 8:43 AM ET
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Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men, women and children who had fled Syria just hours before.
She heard stories of bombs and pain and loss from people fleeing Homs, Dara’a and Qusair, three of the communities devastated by the Syrian conflict. Jolie encouraged the refugees to tell her, and through her the world, of their ordeal. “We can’t know your pain,” she said at one point, speaking to families who had lost their loved ones. But she listened.
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The Hollywood beauty is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which is commemorated on June 20. She and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres arrived in the country a couple of days earlier, the U.N. refugees agency said in a press release on Wednesday.
Guterres started his visit to the region in Lebanon, where he met with refugees and government officials. In Jordan, he and Jolie will meet with the government and refugees living in Jordan’s cities, as well as in the sprawling Za’atri refugee camp.
Jolie said the purpose of her visit was “to show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries in the region most directly affected by this devastating conflict.”
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At the Jaber border crossing, Jolie heard stories of great courage and sadness. Mohammed Al-Kassem, his wife Walida and their young daughter Faten had just arrived after escaping from Qusair, the site of a bitter battle which left the town in rubble and unleashed a new wave of refugees into neighboring countries. “In the battles and bombing, most of my friends died,” he said. “There is nothing left, all was destroyed, no buildings, no medicines. Ninety-five men died because their wounds got infected and there was nothing to treat them with. I was the only one of my family to escape. Those who could not flee can only wait for death.”
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After meeting with refugees, Jolie was briefed by Maj-Gen. Hussein Al-Zyoud, Commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces, and his staff. As they talked, shelling just across the border in Syria could be clearly heard.
The civil war in Syria forced more people to flee last year than any other conflict in the world. In the last six months the number has more than doubled to 1.6 million, of whom 540,000 are in Jordan.
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“The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today,” said Jolie. “By the end of this year half of Syria’s population – ten million people – are expected to be displaced and in desperate need,” according to her.
She urged the world to do much more to help the people of Syria. “The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy,” she said. Jolie called for “much more humanitarian aid, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict.”
by RTT Staff Writer
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Shortcut to: http://www.rttnews.com/2138382/angelina-jolie-listens-to-tragic-stories-of-syrians-fleeing-conflict.aspx

ANGELINA IS THE MOST INTENSE AND DEVOTED LISTNER TOWARDS PEOPLE.

Good Morning were the morons
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how are you my dear Yes Angie is doing us prode and the world proud with her passion & integraty.
I will be back soon just need to pop out will take in detail God bless.

REPOSITION YOURSELF: What’s for you is for you, hat’s off Angelina is a BAD MOTHER shout your mouth. GOD BLESS the JOLIE-PITTS.

CLOSING PARTY CLOWNS HA HA @ 06/19/2013 at 9:20 am

HOW CAN I HELP YOU!!!!!????? YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS!!!!! HAHAHA

LOVE,
THE GOAT!!!!! HAHAHA

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