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Friday
Dec072012

Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie, who met with Syrian refugees in the neighboring country of Jordan in September, returned to the region this week.

The United Nations' refugee agency has announced that Jolie traveled to the Jordan-Syria border Wednesday night to meet with Syrian refugees who had just left their conflict-ridden country.  Jolie is a special envoy for the UNHCR.

Jolie said in a statement released Thursday, "What I saw last night is a dramatic example of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been uprooted by the fighting and are in a desperate search for safety. ...I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians."

The UNHCR also announced that Jolie and her fiancé, Brad Pitt, made a $50,000 donation for the purchase of family tents for refugees.

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