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Angelina Jolie Writes NYT Op-Ed on Iraqi Refugee Suffering

Angelina Jolie Writes NYT Op-Ed on Iraqi Refugee Suffering

Angelina Jolie has just written an article after her visit to Iraq over the weekend!

“I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now. I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region,” the 39-year-old actress wrote in the New York Times.

She said, “For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.”

“What do you say to the 13-year-old girl who describes the warehouses where she and the others lived and would be pulled out, three at a time, to be raped by the men?” Angie asked. “When her brother found out, he killed himself.”

Angelina emphasized, “What does it say about our commitment to human rights and accountability that we seem to tolerate crimes against humanity happening in Syria and Iraq on a daily basis? It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in our institutions. We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.”

For the rest of Angelina Jolie‘s piece, visit!

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  • T.m. Delafonda

    An amazing woman.

  • Anon2

    Wow, DebbieR. on the NYTimes comments must be a hen and a very selfish, ignorant person.
    Thanks to Angelina for risking her life…giving her time, compassion, money, and efforts to educate people about the refugees around the world. Mostly, thanks for being the refugees’ voice.

  • moonbeams62

    Bless her for being a witness and at great persona risk, to shine the spotlight on these forgotten casualties.Love you, Angie!

  • yolly

    Thank you Angelina for giving light to the plight of the refugees.Thank you for giving them hope,thank you for giving them love and support. Hope, more actors will follow your footsteps. God bless you and your family Angelina.

  • FractalReality~~

    This is just horrible. This will probably make it onto the news channels for a day or two since someone famous appears to have written it, then it will be back to the snarks between famous politicians and newscasters calling each other names. So sad that thing’s like this are happening in the world and most of what we get to watch is designed to make us hate each other because of the political party we most identify with. I can’t even imagine going to sleep someplace like this where not waking up the next day would be a serious possibility.

  • JPFamily

    Such a wonderful, giving and inspiring lady.
    She cares and is dedicated for life to do all she can to stand with those suffering, and never let them be forgotten.
    I’m very proud of her, God bless her.

    Please, let’s all do what we can to support her, and help ease the plight of the many many refugees, and keep them in our prayers.

    Rose couldn’t agree more with your post on the previous thread.
    Video: Angelina Jolie arrives back to L.A. after trip to North Iraq
    Angelina Jolie was spotted as she arrives back to Los Angeles after a two-day humanitarian trip to North Iraq as UN envoy.

    More pics via X17

  • toastie postie

    A very uniformed Jen Hen. Angelina Jolie has put her money where her mouth is. Over and over. What has this woman done?

  • JPFamily

    24 hours ago
    If only we had few more people like #AngelinaJolie in the World, the world would have been filled with #peace and #love not #hate and #war. #God bless you for all your hard work such a great women

    Nicholas Kristof ‏@NickKristof 55 mins
    Angelina Jolie with a powerful piece from Iraq–her 5th visit since 2007–on the horrific refugee situation
    Reminder of Angie’s visit.

    UN Refugee Agency @Refugees · 50 mins
    “Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories” – Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in #Iraq.

    Iraq: Angelina Jolie Visits Displaced Iraqis
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

    UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie recently visited internally displaced Iraqis living in an informal settlement and a formal camp at Khanke, near Dohuk. There, she heard dramatic stories of escape from the more than 20,000 Yazidis who fled Sinjar and surrounding areas last August.

  • lucy

    Do people really hate each other because of the political party they happen to identify with. Huh, how immature of us, and how sad. That’s like saying people hate each other because of their different religious beliefs. I’d like to think we’re more mature and reasonable that that.

  • yolly

    Angelina Jolie Pitt you are one of a kind woman.May God continue to bless and keep you safe always.God bless you and your family.

  • yolly

    Waving to all lovely fans of Brad and Angie all over the World.God bless us all.

  • lyric

    Not too long ago I found out that the organization I donate ton, Malaria No More, that provides mosquito nets to protect the people from bites, well the men are using the nets to catch fish for the families food., but when they use the nets they catch all the little fish and other forms of life that are essential to maintaining natures balance of sea life, they are depleting their source of food, but they have to feed their families so it’s a catch 22.

  • Rose from Temecula

    Lucy, I agree with you. How can people hate when looking at children, no matter what their political party they align to? I believe that it does not matter, as our countries political parties bottom line is that they all want to help improve the lives of people they represent and country.
    Because their approaches to do so are different, that’s when the debate starts between parties.
    It is immaturity when you call names/snarks when what they should be doing is have proper communication, minding their manners as it is very disappointing when one elected officials act like spoiled brat and they expect us to vote them again in office? Not!

  • FractalReality~~

    I think many are. A lot of people do see through things like that. It just makes it so much harder when you are being bombarded with stuff like what happens on most of the news channels. Then you read something like this and think…hell….that stuff is meaningless really compared to what these poor people are going through. I usually try to keep myself separated from things like this for the sake of self preservation of my sanity, but once in awhile I’ll read something and realize in some ways we’re still living in the dark ages.

  • Rose from Temecula


  • lyric

    Sometimes I feel like the people in Africa who are so mistreated and are starving and all of the displaced refugees who are also mistreated and go hungry, never get a break. I wish we were able to do more to help them and I get angry to think all of the countries can’t do better to help the people and the country that gave them refuge.

  • JEN

    This situation is so very sad. I am thinking there is no amount of money that could change the belief system of a people. These countries have known nothing for generations except war and the common misuse of women and children. Then again we must try to start the change somewhere. I guess doing nothing is the worst. But it is a massive undertaking.

  • Rose from Temecula

    What an awe-inspiring lady Angelina Jolie Pitt is, she’s amazing. God bless her and family.
    Good night to all the loyal fans.

  • trt

    If Aniston has donated the money she has spent on her Oscar buying spree, she could probably have won the hearts of the committee of old men and they would have given her an award on stage even if it was not for best actress!

    She could have fed so many hungry people with her cupcakes!

  • toastie postie

    What is bad in Africa, is when the armed thugs prey on their own people, stealing the food from the UN Food Organizations, just to feed themselves. They then can run around making their own people miserable, or sell the stuff for huge profits

  • lyric

    I know. I’ll never understand how they can be so cruel to their own people., A lot of evil people in this world.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Good evening to all the wonderful JoliePitt fans.

    I am giving thanks for Mrs. Brad Pitt’s safe return and thanking God for His Angels watching over her at all times.

    What a selfless thing this is she does for those who are hurting and have no one to hear their voices crying out in pain. She speaks for them.

    I pray, we as a people, will respond to their cries and calling for a lasting peace in these war torn areas. Suffering such as this is needless but it does call to us to remember we are ALL brothers and each other’s keepers. Thank you, Angelina for being the lightening rod to remind us that we must care for one another. Seeing the pain in the faces of those who have lost everything brings this point home to me so clearly. Especially seeing the children. The smiles on the little children’s faces in spite of their dire circumstances, moves me to my knees.

    God bless you and your loving family and keep you, Brad and your children and extended loved ones always safe under His Watchful eye.

    Giving thanks for the miracle that will show us our prayers are being heard.

  • number1_legsfan

    “It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in
    our institutions. We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of
    the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.”

    Well said, Ange, well said.

    But now is too late for any peace settlement. The only peace is to win the war. You can’t make peace with the murdering maniacs of the Islamic State, and you can’t leave ISIS in place and you can’t leave the Assad regime in place. We should have backed the FSA long ago – John McCain was right about this. Or give Jordan & Turkey a mandate over Syria or whatever. But this festering sore on the face of humanity cannot be allowed to fester much longer.

  • Kat

    we? we as who? how can you give something that isnt yours to give? what entitlement does US have over syria?

  • theful

    A lot of people seem to think Angie does nothing but appears and does press conference. They don’t care to do a little research before criticizing her for just “bringing awareness”. But I doubt even if we shove the facts to their faces, they would ever admit they are wrong.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    So interesting how someone thinks he/she has all the answers and they have not stepped one foot inside the region to first get the facts on the situation before they start spouting their “solutions.”

    We need more people like Angelina who are willing to go inside the gate and let the people who are suffering KNOW they have not been forgotten and that there are people on the outside who ARE trying, to the best of their abilities, to bring a swift resolution, and an end to this brutal, senseless impasse via ALL means possible.

  • Kat

    she should plead her goverment to stop aiding extremists in syria and fight them instead. but they have chosen to side with al qaeda just to topple assad, even if it means room for ISIS to murder thousands of innocent people. her leaders couldnt care less about millions of refugees their policies create. the voice of these people shouldnt be an american one. its cynical.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Thank you to all the JP Fans for all the wonderful, heartfelt tweets from the people supporting Angelina’s trip and praying for her and even blessing her for reaching out to bring some comfort to all the refugees she was privileged to talk with and hug.
    Seeing the little children smiling as she reached out to them just breaks the heart. Despite having lost everything these people are still resilient and holding on to hope. And the children have not lost the love in their little hearts. Their little eyes shining brightly despite all they have been thru.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Thank you to all the fans for Collapsing and flagging all the troll posts.. Amazing how the troll loves suggesting what Angelina should do to help others while the troll’s Idol, Jennifer Aniston only promotes herself and how Aniston will use anyone, even a widow’s dead husband to try and paint herself as a suffering”victim” looking for sympathy.

    Go to Your Idol, Jennifer Aniston’s thread and tell her to stop wasting her money hiring people to buy her awards she has not earned and tell her to think instead about using her money to help people like the refugees who are the real victims in this world.

  • Felinelilly

    Angelina is amazing. Thank you Angelina for your heart and compassion and for shining a light on situations most of the world is ignoring.
    I’m so glad she’s back home safe.

  • Joan

    ty jj :)

  • Love the JoliePitts

    And she looks wonderful too.
    I think it did her heart good to spend some time bringing as much comfort and encouragement, and perhaps even some gifts too for the little children to play with. Whenever she is shopping for toys with her kids, it makes me think she is also picking out toys for the children in the camps who have lost everything.

  • Jana500

    Why don’t you do that? Why must she do it all?

  • Jana500

    Well, we probably have bigger and better weapons.

  • Kat

    why are you all supposing that dislike for angelina has something to do with pitt and aniston? i never liked neither of them and i loved angelina before i realized that she is being manipulated by US foreign policy circles to advocate unilateral military intervention for (supposedly) humanitarian reasons. why is it so hard for you to grasp that?

  • Love the JoliePitts

    I know this is frivolous but just to lighten the mood a bit………. :) The full article can be found at the below link.

    Everyone Wants Angelina Jolie’s Lips, Kim Kardashian’s Eyes, and Brad Pitt’s Nose

    Joanna DouglasSenior EditorJanuary 26, 2015

    Many women bring photos of celebrities to their hairdressers, so perhaps it’s no surprise they also bring them to their plastic surgeons. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual survey, 13% of plastic surgeons saw an increase in requests for celebrity procedures, a big jump from just 3% on 2013. The most desirable facial feature was Angelina Jolie’s lips. Next was Beyonce’s facial structure, Kim Kardashaian’s eyes, and Natalie Portman’s nose. According to the survey, 18% of the procedures in 2014 were performed on men. Their #1 request? Brad Pitt’s nose.

    While Angelina’s full lips certainly add to her appeal, experts warn they may not actually enhance your own. “Celebrities continue to influence beauty ideals from fashion to plastic surgery and although I receive many requests for celebrity features, I always explain to patients that someone else’s features are often not the best choice for their specific face,” says Dr. Andrew Jacono of New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. “The Vectra M3 3D Imaging system is a tool that I use to provide patients with 3D images of what their results could look like. Making sure that the patient and doctor are aligned is imperative.”

  • Kat

    weapons is an argument of a bully. international law is very clear on this. UN has to pass a resolution for you to use your weapons on anyone. or so it is in the civilised world.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    To Kat –
    Troll, take your lying mouth and your false pretense of ever having been a fan of Angelina’s back to your Fat Fckrs Thread where you live.

    You Jen Hen trolls are so full of hate you can’t even hide it.

    Thank you JP fans for collapsing and flagging every one of this hater’s posts.

  • sunny

    ISIS deny 100 years old Sykes-Picot Agreement between UK, France and Russia and wants to draw new borderline and new country based on their extreme ideology.
    Turkey wants back some area in Syria which belonged to Ottoman Empire.
    Saudi /Qatar/ US / Israel etc want to dispel Iran’s political influence on Syria’s resume.
    Their inteligence teams were behind Syria’s Spring and all of them are US allies.
    ISIS’s weapons are mostly made-in US. Imagine how they were brought into their hands (some of them were taken from the runaway Iraqi army & airforce, though).
    Imagine what and who their original finantial resorces were from.
    After the first year of anti-Assad war (2011) , the western countries realized they had been supporting not only local anti-Assad groups but also Al Quida terrolists or US’s Blackwater emplyees type groups.
    Blackwater does not murder people in their home country but returning terrorists will spread terroism whereever. I don’t know if this is true or not but someone who is able to access to the top inteligence said Saudi’s one of princes was dispelled from his position caused by being poisoned.
    He was strongly insisting fighting against Assad and he was supporting terrorists.
    interesting story of prince Bandar of Saudi

  • Kat

    because i am neither american nor a celebrity. american celebrities should speak up against disastrous white house policies. but that takes more courage than to criticize third world dictators. she would be ostracized from political circles if she would dare to criticize middle east policy.

  • Unbroken

    Angelina has never been “manipulated” by anyone. She is a very intelligent women, with her own views, that she always express in honest, truthful, straightforward manner.

    I’m European and I believe military intervention is sometimes necessary and not just for humanitarian reasons.

    Forget the humanitarian reasons, situation the middle east is unsustainable. If countries like Jordan and Turkey collapse, we are all fucked up.

    The attacks from extremists in Europe and the rest of the world are nothing compared with what can happen. The world should have intervene in Syria long ago.

    As Angie said agencies like UNHCR don’t have the resources to continue to respond to the consequences of all this conflicts and crises. The international community has to find aways to stop them, not just for the people suffering from those conflicts, but the safety and stability of the world.

  • Love the JoliePitts


    I can appreciate what you are trying to do with your posts, but I ask you to please do not get into a “war of words” with the troll who is pretending to care about the situation in the Middle East. The trolls don’t care about what is going on over there. The troll is here ONLY to criticize the good that Angelina is doing and to try to turn the conversation into WHY Angelina and the UNHCR should not be supported.

    Don’t you find it amazing that the troll, who pretends to be oh so concerned about the plight of the people in the Middle East, is not incensed and outraged that a Hollywood Actress named Jennifer Aniston would spend millions of dollars on herself trying to buy herself awards….and does not give a hoot about the millions of refugees – adults and children who continue suffering in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey?

  • sunny

    sorry, I don’t read troll post
    which one should I read ?
    This week the media in my country is all about the Middle East. It’s due to the Japanese journalist who is in hand of ISIS. He has been working for the victims of Afganistan,Iraq, Syria and Somalia. He had been visiting refugee camps and orphanages and destroyed areas in these countries and informing us those victims’s harsh circumstance. I pray for his safe return to his wife and 2 daughters.

  • Felinelilly

    Yes she does, she looks wonderful. Angelina is truly altruistic, she gives her all to try and end the suffering of others and to bring change. I hate politics, but as much as she’s doing she has to also feel frustrated at how slowly change is happening so at a higher level with the UN, on the world stage I wouldn’t be surprised if one day Angelina ends up in a position to be able to change some laws.

  • Kat

    i support intervention, i think ISIS should be bombed into dust, but it cant be unilateral, it has to be under UN mandate. also taking sides in civil wars is wrong. it makes things even worse. there has to be large international consesus on military intervetion in civil war. such wars are usually proxy for great powers, geopolitical game. washington is using celebrities to popularize unilateral moves in geopolitics.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    The JP Fans do not talk down the good that Angelina is doing and criticize her and the UNHCR.
    The JP fans do not talk Politics, especially to attack Angelina.

    That is how you tell the difference between a Troll and a JP fan.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    There are many laws in place already. Unfortunately, when you have a war such as what is going on in the Middle East, the Rule of Law is not always obeyed and incapable of being enforced.

    It takes all strong countries coming together and in full agreement with each other to put an end to what is going on and re-institute Law and Order.

  • Kat

    why are you so obsessed with the love triangle that doesnt exist? people like you are making all of their lives miserable. because of those like you they dont allow their children on internet.

  • Unbroken

    This is not just a civil war. And after 5 years and the consequences of that crisis, not just for the region, but for the world, is more than enough for me for the need of an intervention.

    Stop the bullshit about the USA and celebrities.

    And Angelina is not simple “celebrity activist”. She has worked with the refugees and world crisis for 14 years. She knows and works with the agencies and people on the ground, she also knows and works with the political makers, from all sides and from all countries. She knows more about everything that went and is going on than you or I do.

    It is thanks to her that at least for a a few days this was in the discussion, and thanks to her and another visit the UNHCR will get more
    donations. And they desperately need money to help those people.

    Angelina is not the problem, and certain not her views and actions.

    My discussion with you ends here. You’re not interested in what is going on, you just interest attacking Angelina.

  • lucy

    I really have never been political. even though I have family and friends in politics. I see firsthand how sleazy some of these people are, how they will vote for any bill or amendment, as long as there’s something in it for them. And I’m talking both parties, I am certainly not saying one is better than the other.
    All I want from any political group, is for the most vulnerable people to be well taken care of. The old, the young, those that are sick and hurting, anyone that needs food, healthcare, education, those are things a country such as ours should provide to those in need.
    It breaks my heart to see a child not have the things other children take for granted, or for an old person not have the means to have the best medical care we take for granted.
    I cannot even comprehend what Angie must feel when she goes to the refugee camps, and listens to the stories these people tell her. I’m ashamed to say I don’t think I could do it. The fact that Angie does, shows what a strong woman she is. I could see on Angie’s face her heart was breaking for the old lady whose daughter had been kidnapped, and she had no idea if she was dead or alive. For any parent, that is your worst nightmare come true, and you could see Angie was thinking the same thing.
    How anyone could say anything negative about Angie is beyond me.
    OK, I’m climbing down off my soapbox now, but I’ll be saying a prayer for those refugees, and anyone else, suffering, tonight.