Angelina Leaves Paris Hilton
No, not celebrity socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton
. The Hilton in Hotel in Paris, France. What were you
thinking? After an hour and an half yesterday afternoon, Angelina Jolie
, 30, left the Hilton Hotel where she's rumored to have met with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) officials. Angelina Jolie
left the Hilton carrying a stack of paperback books including 282-page humanitarian aid book "Condemned to Repeat?: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action
" by Fiona Terry (inset picture). Here's a synopsis --
The director of research and former head of the French section of Medicins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Terry has written a compelling book about the failure of international humanitarian organizations to take into consideration a wider political context before providing aid. This shortsightedness, argues Terry, results in the paradox that humanitarian aid aimed at alleviating suffering instead sustains the oppressive action that caused it. In clear and concise analysis, she begins with the controversial claim that the aid agencies respond in knee-jerk fashion to any conflict without further investigating or even considering the ramifications of their aid. In four documented cases, Afghan camps in Pakistan, Salvadoran and Nicaraguan camps in Honduras, Cambodian camps in Thailand, and Rwandan camps in Zaire Terry details how aid given to help people often ends up in the coffers of the combatants. Terry backs up her claim with photocopies of documents that will be of special interest to scholars of the 1996 Rwanda massacres.
Shortly after her meeting, Angelina Jolie
was whisked off and returned to her family -- Brad Pitt
, 42, son Maddox Jolie-Pitt
, 4, and daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt
, 1 -- back at their rented Parisian apartment nearby. More pictures in the gallery!
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