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Thursday
Jun202013

Angelina Jolie Meets with Syrian War Refugees

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While her fiancé Brad Pitt is busy promoting his latest zombie thriller World War Z, Angelina Jolie took time to meet with refugees who have been displaced by Syria's civil war.

The mother of six was in Jordan Tuesday where she met with refugees at the Jaber border crossing.  Jolie's trip was a part of her duties in her role as a special envoy for the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The trip also marked World Refugee Day, which is officially celebrated on Thursday, June 20.

According to the Human Rights Council website, Jolie said the trip was intended "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 worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today," she continued.  "The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy.  Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found."

According to the United Nations-sponsored Human Rights Data Analysis Group, at least 93,000 people have died since the start of the civil war more than two years ago.

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