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Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees

Posted on Tue Sep 11, 2012 09:25 AM PDT

angelinarefugeesjordan.jpgJ. Tanner/UNHCR

UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the country's 18-month civil war.

Jolie called refugees' accounts of what's going on in Syria "horrific" and "heartbreaking":

    "I am very concerned, the world is very concerned. What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them. What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific.

    When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side. `Who is going to help us as the months go on?"

Jolie toured the tent city with U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. She said her mission there was "to draw attention" to the issue:

    "This mission that we are sharing has a key objective. It is to draw attention to the international community to express a much more stronger solidarity with Syrian refugees and the host countries that have kept their borders open to all those fleeing the conflict."

Angelina will also be visiting Syrian refugees in Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon as part of her role as special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.



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