Entries in Refugees (2)


Angelina Jolie Visits with Refugees in Turkey, Italy

Jason Tanner/UNHCR via Getty Images(LAMPEDUSA, Italy) -- Angelina Jolie has been traveling Europe in recent days to meet with refugees as part of her role as an ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency.

On Friday, Jolie visited a Turkish camp near the Syrian border, where she talked with Syrian refugees who escaped their country's violent military response to anti-government protests.

Jolie said most striking were her conversations with children, declaring she was "impressed and disturbed by how much they understand about what's happening in their country, how they speak about family members being killed, themselves hearing gunfire, seeing their houses bombed."

On Sunday, Jolie visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, where she thanked its residents for hosting thousands of refugees who've fled the conflicts in North Africa.  Jolie spoke with refugees there as well.

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Angelina Jolie Meets with Former Refugees in Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Angelina Jolie was in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday to meet with former refugees who've returned to the country and are trying to rebuild their lives.

The actress, who's an ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency, said, "It is clear traveling through the country that what needs to be done is a very focused approach on these places of return...and that means not just putting a shelter up but making sure there's water, making sure there's job opportunities, making sure there's a school for the children, and medical."

Jolie also visited with children in a village who will attend a school that she helped build. Jolie is calling upon other countries to assist not only the former refugees who've returned to Afghanistan, but also the refugees who've been displaced by the political conflict in Libya.

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