Posted on Wed Jun 19th, 2013 1:10pm PDT
Angelina Jolie is one selfless lady.
The Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees set aside her own health troubles to visit Syrian refugees at the Jordan border yesterday. Angelina told the UNHCR office that the embarked on the trip "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."
The actress-turned-activist described the conflict as "the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century." The war in Syria has forced 1.6 million people to flee the country in the last year.
She also stressed the importance of political action. "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."
Meanwhile, her fiance Brad Pitt is promoting his new apocalyptic flick World War Z. He told red carpet reporters that Angie had "to go across the world for [World] Refugee Day" during the film's New York City premiere.
He also defended Angie's decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge challenged the Tomb Raider star's choice. "I wouldn't call it the brave choice," Melissa told the Washington Blade on Monday. "I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer."
Melissa clarified her controversial remarks today, telling Us Weekly "I don't have any opinion on what she 'should have' done. All are free to choose. I only objected to the term 'brave' in describing it."
Brad, who's old friends with Melissa, told Us that he will talk over the issue with the country rocker. "I'm sure we'll talk on the phone," Brad told the mag. "I think that it's an individual decision and I found it very empowering instead of scary. We experienced the exact opposite."
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