IRAQI REFUGEES| JOLIE URGES WORLD NOT TO FORGET THEM

October 5, 2009 The Unbiased Writer

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After meeting with Iraqi refugees in Syria on Friday, Angelina Jolie urged the world not to forget the plight of those among them who cannot return home because of the trauma they suffered and the country’s instability. Jolie accompanied by her partner, Brad Pitt, visited Syria as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations‘ refugee agency, UNHCR. Thousands of Iraqi refugees have returned home from Syria and other neighboring countries over the past year, but many more are unable or unwilling to return to a country still full of violence.

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“Most Iraqi refugees cannot return to Iraq in view of the severe trauma they experienced there, the uncertainty linked to the coming Iraqi elections, the security issues and the lack of basic services,” Jolie said. “They will, therefore, be in need of continued support from the international community.” More than 4.2 million Iraqis have left their homes since the beginning of the conflict in 2003. Currently, 215,000 Iraqi refugees are registered with UNHCR in Syria, the majority of whom are dependent on food and other material support. Angelina Jolie has worked with UNHCR since early 2001. In 2007, a foundation set up by Jolie and Pitt donated $1 million to help those affected by the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region and neighboring Chad. What do you think?

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8 thoughts on “IRAQI REFUGEES| JOLIE URGES WORLD NOT TO FORGET THEM

  1. james

    shes dope! i love her ….always helping those in need … the worst part about the situation is no one gives her credit… people are more concerned about wats going on in her marriage and other bull crap!

  2. Randi

    I love Angelina…a prime example of using a career of power to have postive influence in the world. She is a HUMANITARIAN. We should all strive to be more human-natured towards one another and remember that we are human first… our busy careers and lifestyles are secondary.

  3. ashleyel

    Agreed Randi…. and besides Angelina, it just makes me sad that once we leave a country, everyone tends to forget about the people left behind and their needs. So much damage has been done, and that amount of refugees cannot help but affect the country that they now inhabit. It’s just all an unfortunate mess, but we never learn or change, because it doesn’t really affect us.

  4. Pookie

    she is incredible…also, she is proof that you can really turn your life around. she went from being a rebelious young woman (when she was dating bb thornton) to an incredible humanitarian and mature person. it’s never too late to make things right!

  5. S.

    I think she is THE most amazing woman in the world! Not going overboard with that statement as well. I recently saw the movie “Beyond Borders” [which inspired her to adopt her children], you could tell although she was acting she genuinely cared and wanted to help. There are people like Jay-z and Beyonce who are both worth more than half of America and are what I like to call “all talk” It is one thing for someone to just donate the money, but she is actually traveling and representing us as a whole. It just goes to show there are also people like Sarah Palin who probably don’t even know that this is going on, but is running for a spot in office, and on the other hand we have people like Jolie who want to help and are not in it for the publicity.

    We have made this mess and I feel we need to help! Helping isn’t controlling everyone’s country or trying to use them for their resources…

  6. Mythoughts

    This is a very deep human being. No wonder Brad P loves this woman.
    Angelina is a recognizable celebrity, that uses this gift to reach down and help others. Her humility is just amazing.
    I think this woman is an angel!

  7. Sharbar1128

    I so agree with everything that all previous folks posted. She is the greatest most caring person to do all that she does. She doesn’t throw her money up in people’s face and treat people like crap because she is worth millions. She uses her name and money to help others and that is awesome. I do have to say I just wish she would do a little bit more for our country and children. Home is where the heart is, after all Americans are who made her famous.

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