Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Jordan, pleads for more international aid

Today is World Refugee Day. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees’ most famous ambassador (and current UNHCR Special Envoy) is Angelina Jolie, and she spent the day before World Refugee Day in Jordan. Jordan has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees as the conflict (should I say “civil war”?) has raged on for more than two years. Thousands of Syrians are dead, and hundreds of thousands of Syrians are displaced, crossing into Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon and finding shelter in makeshift camps along the border. Jolie has visited Syrian refugees before – she was in Jordan and Turkey visiting the camps in 2011 too. Last year she wrote an essay about the conflict and the escalating refugee crisis too. Here’s the UNHCR press release:

Jaber border crossing, Jordan–Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before. She heard stories of bombs and pain and loss from people fleeing Homs, Dara’a and Qusair, three of the communities devastated by the Syrian conflict. Ms. Jolie encouraged the refugees to tell her, and through her the world, of their ordeal. “We can’t know your pain,” Ms. Jolie said at one point, speaking to families who had lost their loved ones. But she listened.

Ms. Jolie is in Jordan to mark World Refugee Day, which each year is commemorated on June 20. She and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, arrived in the country on 18 June. Mr Guterres started his visit to the region in Lebanon, where he met with refugees and government officials. In Jordan, he and Ms. Jolie will meet with the government and refugees living in Jordan’s cities, as well as in the sprawling Za’atri refugee camp.

The purpose of her visit, said Ms. Jolie, is “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.”

At the Syrian border, Ms. Jolie heard stories of great courage and sadness. Mohammed Al-Kassem, his wife Walida and their young daughter Faten had just arrived after escaping from Qusair, the site of a bitter battle which left the town in rubble and unleashed a new wave of refugees into neighbouring countries. “In the battles and bombing, most of my friends died,” he said. “There is nothing left, all was destroyed, no buildings, no medicines. Ninety five men died because their wounds became infected and there was nothing to treat them with. I was the only one of my family to escape. Those who could not flee can only wait for death.”

After meeting with refugees, Ms Jolie was briefed by Maj. General Hussein Al-Zyoud, the commander of the Jordan Border Security Forces, and his staff. As they talked, shelling just across the border in Syria could be clearly heard.

The war in Syria forced more people to flee last year than any other conflict in the world. In the last six months the number has more than doubled to 1.6 million, of whom 540,000 are in Jordan.

“The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today,” said Ms. Jolie.

She urged the world to do much more to help the people of Syria. “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.”

[From the UNHCR]

Angelina also released a statement to the media: “The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today. 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.” This is what Pres. Obama and Vladimir Putin were discussing at the G8 (a meeting which reportedly did not go well at all), and I’m guessing that Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel also discussed it when Obama was in Germany yesterday. Personally speaking, I don’t think the answer is “arming the rebels with even more guns”. I don’t think the answer can be summed up in one sentence anyway. It’s just a complete clusterwhoops, a multi-headed Hydra of f—kery. Good on Angelina to stand up for the civilian refugees fleeing their home with nothing.

Photos courtesy of the UNHCR.

 

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  1. mkyarwood says:

    This cheered me up, after days of women in the public eye acting like idiots.

  2. lisa2 says:

    Good for her. I just can’t imagine what it is like to deal with this, or be a witness to this. Trying to get governments to think of the innocent people. We are talking about MILLIONS of people. We don’t really understand it here. Think about the population of ONE state fleeing to another. How would that be handled. I just don’t understand how this world can be the way it is.

    • LadyMTL says:

      It’s very difficult to get people to care, tbh. My step-family is from Syria and they hold fundraisers and collect clothing to send over to the refugees and it mostly goes unnoticed. Now I’m not saying that they should be on the news for this but yeah, it’s not easy to get the general public involved (there are exceptions, of course).

      That’s why I applaud Angelina for this – her name and face alone might raise more awareness and get people to sit up and pay attention.

      • lisa2 says:

        Totally.. Churches and many organizations do this daily. And I applaud them for doing so. Her presence their does bring attention. Every mention bring awareness. And yes that matters. it is why companies use celebrities to endorse their products. The public is more likely to notice a recognizable face then one they don’t know. It is just the way.

        I admire how dedicated she is. She said at the beginning that she knew people would doubt her; but she wouldn’t let that deter her that she would do what she felt was right. And she has.

    • Liv says:

      It’s unbelievable that there are so many people who have to live in camps and have no chance to get out or build a life. They are just stuck under very awful circumstances.

      I applaud Angelina Jolie for rasing awareness. Imagine more celebritys would do so and use their fame!

    • Leen says:

      I hate to say this, but evidently people don’t really ‘care’. Mind you this is the THIRD influx of refugees Jordan has witnessed in the last 60 years. First it was the Palestinians, then it’s the Iraqis and now it’s Syrians. Jordan cannot cope with any more refugees, and I’m afraid there’s going to be a reactionary towards this soon enough.

      But the Syria situation is way, way complicated. There is no easy solution, just help out the refugees and hope for the best. (It could have been solved in the early days but its essentially a proxy war).

  3. xboxsucks says:

    She is doing an amazing job .
    the international community needs to step up,Assad will not go out peaceful.

  4. Sabrine says:

    Yes, what a refreshing and inspiring change to see a famous celebrity doing good works with a selfless and dedicated spirit instead of the fare of boobs, butts and posing we usually get.

    • brin says:

      Agreed, Angelina is inspirational.

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      For the longest time I refused to like her. I felt that disliking her for her part in the break up of a marriage was being in solidarity with other women, with the sisterhood.
      And then out of the blue it hit me. She does more for women – for the voiceless suffering refugees and for all women by taking on this cause, being a figure to be taken seriously on an international scale. She is bigger than one mistake and it was small minded and petty of me to refuse to acknowledge all the great things she does.
      So I have had a change of heart. I absolutely adore and admire her. I think she sets a great example of what it means to be a humanitarian and also she sets an example of the good that celebrities can do by bringing attention to causes through the use of their fame.
      Sorry thus isn’t especially articulate. I am sleep deprived and trying with one hand while I hold my sleeping baby.

      • cs says:

        I’m happy that you finally came around to understand why her fans admire her so much.
        We watched a young woman mature throughout the years. Never been in trouble with the law or in rehab ie. Lindsay, RDJ, Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Drew B… Just probably misguided and finding her way in life.

        Has been involved with the refugees cause since her 20′s. Still fighting for the cause at almost 40 years old.
        What bothers the haters the most is that they know in their hearts she doesn’t have to do this to collect a $20 million check or for PR. She doesn’t have to do anything.

        Damn Julia Roberts was the top paying actress from the early 90′s to early 2000′s. I never heard of her doing anything for charity.

        I know some believe the hate is about breaking up what they believe was a golden marriage. I believe its much more.. Angie represents what we all dream to be.. Unattainable Beauty, Intelligent, Charitable, raising a large family, partnered with a handsome/sexy man.. She seems to have it all.. She’s like Superwoman. And I think it’s very intimidating for most woman.

        Would she be able to do all of this without the enormous resources? Maybe not, but she never claimed to and always stress that she has the resources most average women don’t.

        JA looks, lifestyle, and recent men seem more attainable for most woman.. so they hate on Angie. I get it..

        The fact is that she was able to land a Brad Pitt when most people know that Brad could’ve had any Supermodel at the time.. Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell or any A list actress. It made her more attractive to the media and people.

        If JA would’ve married Tate Donovan and had a couple of kids, she would be a trivia question today like most of the other “Friends”.

      • Stacy says:

        You pretty much hit it on the nail for me. I have disliked some of what she has done in the past but how anyone can argue with what she has done and what she is currently doing is beyond my comprehension.

        This isn’t a PR stunt for her, these are legitimate and personal issues for her. And that is incredibly rare for a celebrity nowadays.

      • Brittanica says:

        @cs: Yowza. This is my last comment for the day. And honestly, I don’t know why I bother, but anywho:

        1. I thought the ‘fans’ were over the marriage to Jennifer Aniston? You guys tend to bring this up more than any other group or organization across the globe.:)
        2. Implying that the world’s issues with a single individual all come down to jealousy? *whistles* Lol, really? I guess we’re all jealous of LeAnn Rhimes, then. And Kristen Stewart. And Goop. According to your calculations, the more controversy, the more jealousy.
        3. Pitt isn’t really a prize to all women. Just so ya know. For example, I like intelligent men.

        Ok, I’m done. Carry on with the crazy.

      • Becky1 says:

        @CS-I agree with everything you said re: Angelina Jolie but Julia Roberts shouldn’t be listed as an example of someone who hasn’t done much for charity. Julia is actually quite generous and has quietly donated a lot of money to various causes (particularly in New Mexico).

      • FLORC says:

        Brittanica

        The tabloids getting info straight from Aniston’s PR team brings this stuff up. And her friends/minions like Ms Handler.

        The jealousy issue makes sense. She truly does seem to have a good heart and juggle so much. Those other celebs you listed are way off the mark in the point you were trying to make. It’s not about controversy. The leap you made there falls short. Aniston fans are a bit nutty. They can’t let go of all the drama that gets kicked up everytime Aniston gives n interview and talks about Brad or how happy she is to be with her fiance (and not brad).

        And Pitt is hot. Wether you like it or not his face follows the golden ratio and that is physically appealing
        to us all. The man is also very intelligent and there’s a fair amount of statements and actions to back that up.

        I guess it just comes down to a side. I think both woman do well in their own ways, but as far as having it all with looks, family, money, and a big heart for charity. Jolie wins by a landslide

  5. emmaV1 says:

    I always appreciate her for doing this with no make-up and look at how dirty her arms and hand are.

    Then I see other celebs whose charity work involves perfect hair and makeup events, videos, pictures, etc.

    • DeepFriedLies says:

      Actually, she is wearing make up, jewelry and her jacket is either St John or Armani…..While I do admire her efforts to bring awareness, I think she should of downplayed her appearance.

      • tabasco says:

        look, if she was someone who just showed up once or twice randomly wearing a ball gown, ok. but i think we can give a pass for that probably being an armani jacket and what i think is her ginormous engagement ring and a bit of makeup. she’s rich, ok? those are her clothes, that’s her engagement ring, her black beat-around jacket has an armani tag inside. if she HAD left the ring at home, people would be calling her a hypocrite for not wearing the ring as a publicity stunt or something. she’s someone who’s shown herself, over the long term, to be genuine about giving a damn. i am really not much of an AJ fan, but even i feel like, considering the huge gap between what she does for things she believes in and what others do(n’t) do, who the hell cares if her jacket has an armani tag???? everybody knows who she is, that she’s rich. the point is, she’s showing up.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        That’s not her engagement ring; I think that’s the same gold ring she wore before, when she went on a UN trip to visit refugees. My guess is that she just wants to honor the promise, by wearing a plain band.

        And where does Armani come into play. It might be a name brand jacket, but to me it looks like a plain, wrinkled jacket/coat.

      • Brittanica says:

        My biggest problem with Jolie-Pitt boards in general is that everyone assumes that Jolie is the only one out there doing anything because those are the photos that they pay attention to. There are THOUSANDS of individuals who give more than she ever will, and they’re doing it under the radar. Their work is important, too. Maybe she brings “awareness” to those who apparently are clueless to what’s going on in the world, but her day’s work in front of the camera is really nothing to what other people are sacrificing out of the limelight. Show horses and work horses, people. Keep it in perspective.

    • judyjudy says:

      I think it is important to note that a lot of celebrities aren’t photographed doing charity work.

      I’m not saying that Angelina’s work isn’t important and that she shouldn’t be photographed. It brings awareness and that is GOOD. I’m just pointing out that there are also many others who aren’t just perfect hair and make-up doing charity for photo-ops.

  6. Kim1 says:

    I see the naysayers who claimed Brad was lying when he said Angie was not at premier because of Refugee Day are proven wrong again.Good work Angie.I’m so disappointed with Serena,Melissa and Paula. It will take me awhile to get over their inappropriate comments.

  7. Emily says:

    I have so much respect for her. Between her work with the UN and her advocacy for breast cancer issues, I think I am developing a girl crush on her.

  8. Sue says:

    I also think it is awesome that she is doing this. But I don’t see the dirty hands and arms, and there is a camera there documenting it for us all to see…..

    • HappyMom says:

      There has to be a camera-that’s the point. She’s using her celebrity to bring attention to these poor people.

      • Brittanica says:

        While also getting a nice pat on the back to go with it. Don’t be naive. Do you really think that educated people in America look to an actress for info on world events? Or anything, for that matter? This board is frightening. And if she’s going to take the time to make sure she’s photographed, she should try to fill up her empty notebooks so it looks like she’s actually writing important stuff down.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Brittanica

        Good Lord! Her role is that of a Special Envoy with the UNHCR…..she has to bring cameras with! That’s the whole point of her going there. Yes, I could and would see the criticism if every single time she worked at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, that she brought a photographer with her and put the photos online.

        But it’s required that the cameras are there; she’s been doing this for twelve years, and I can’t believe people are still trying to play the whole “it’s a photo-op, because she brings cameras”. I don’t see criticism of other celebrities who are also goodwill ambassadors.

  9. lama says:

    Jolie same old same old:
    concerned look- check
    pen & notepad ? -check- but nothing written on it :)
    and look at her fake full make up going on…

    • videli says:

      By all means then, don’t pay attention to her, pay attention to those kids around her and to their stories.

      • lama says:

        But I’m unable to focus on these children because Jolie is front and center… The one young gentleman is looking at her like “what the heck is she here for??? All she does is have her picture taken a million times, then take her limo back to her fancy hotel.”

      • Katherine says:

        Because you don’t know the behind the scenes activities by Jolie doesn’t mean she is not doing more than meets the eye. What meets the eye is vital in persuading govts to accept refugees, maintain their facilities for them, etc. But Jolie has been serving a greater role than that for quite a while now. When she meets with leaders of the countries and other NGOs there are discussions and lobbying efforts for improved conditions for refugees in many areas, increased liberties for those stuck in the camps, educational and medical concerns. She has become their conduit in many ways including requests by various experts and officials. She gets in the door – the number one prerequisite for anyone lobbying for a cause.

    • Micki says:

      Since I don’t see army of celebrities going to such places I’ll gladly commend her, thank you.

    • mayal says:

      You are utterly obsessed with her. More than any fan. Disturbing.

    • Tahoe says:

      What specifically have you done in recent history to help make things better for others?
      The cameras wouldn’t even be on these children’s plight if her name and face were not there. It’s called raising compassion and awareness.

      The mere fact that Jolie has traveled to refugee camps twice, once in the middle of surgeries and now only two months after reconstruction is astounding, and I would know.

      Get off your high horse, and even if you cannot say anything the least bit positive about this cause, is it really necessary to be so caustic? Go give someone a hug, ok?

      BTW, I was in Jordan and Israel for several weeks in January of 2012. The Syrian war and the refugee situation is tragic, but it now is having serious impact on the Jordanian people and the country. It is becoming impossible for them to find work, the lack of water and food is reaching critical levels, not to mention the emotional tensions. It’s very troubling to see what is happening to a nation that stands alone in a bad neighborhood. And they couldn’t be a nicer people.

    • Rhea says:

      Lama same old same old:

      Checking out any post about Jolie- check
      Snarky comment about Jolie (like “what the heck is she there for??? It’s not like she can truly help by single-handedly solve all the problem in the world or ending a war!? And how come she still got a lot of money?!” )-check-

      and of course, somehow blaming Jolie for making poor Lama being unable to focus with those children just because she’s in the pictures with those children. :)

    • Brittanica says:

      I’m not going to lie, lama. I noticed her empty notepad too. If it were me, and I was trying really hard to get the world to see me a certain way, I’d have anything from recipes to limericks written down so I looked like I was at least doing something. Despite everyone attacking you, and at least one person asking you to reveal intimate details about the life you live and the charity you give, I doubt you’re the only one who noticed that and chuckled about it. To whomever asked lama about the good they’ve done in the world: even if they were to tell you, would you believe them? and how are we supposed to believe your story? can you fax us some documentation? *eyeroll*

  10. Faye says:

    The situation is really not a simple one in Syria. It’s Iran- and Hezbollah-backed Assad and co versus Hamas- and Islamist-backed rebels. So really, nobody wins in that situation, and arming anyone isn’t going to end well (even though I know we’re going to do it).

    The real victims are the children, and I commend Jolie for calling attention to their plight. The politics of it are much more complex.

    • Deebo says:

      Your comment is rather simplistic, which is ironic given that you preempt it by saying that Syria’s is not a simple conflict. Hamas pulled out of Syria early on in the conflict because it didn’t wish to get involved. Moreover, there are many other groups involved and not just the ones you list whose names you probably know because the US has designated them as the ‘baddies’.

      The victims are not just the children, as if the adults are some ideological monsters that you are unable to relate to.

      Well done Jolie for highlighting the refugees’ situation.

      Pouring more arms into the country is not the solution.

    • Myrto says:

      I agree with Deebo, “the real victims are children” is nonsense. So I suppose the adults dying are not victims as well? Ugh.
      I wish Europe or the US intervened even though I know nobody wants to because it’s the Middle East and it’s a mess. Although France is pushing really hard for a military intervention but if nobody’s following they’re not going to do anything, understandably.
      I admire Angelina for all she’s doing and she’s obviously completely genuine. I just wish we’d care about those issues WITHOUT the celebrities drawing attention to it.

    • lower-case deb says:

      NY Times ran an interesting story about the “other” side, and the cost of sharing the same belief as Assad.

      i find that to an extent (at least if i’m reading the article right) this is a game of chess played with human lives. it’s just so sad that Assad or whoever are “playing” with people’s lives like this.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/magazine/the-price-of-loyalty-in-syria.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytmag&_r=1&pagewanted=all&

    • Leen says:

      Hamas has not been involved in the Syrian situation since 2011. In fact, when the civil war broke out, Hamas moved its base to Egypt and Qatar.. They have been buddying up to the Qatari government since 2011, who btw are pro-FSA and anti-Assad, as a result they received about 1 billion dollar investment in reconstruction.
      Hamas has issued a condemnation of Assad since their early days and said they support what the people want. Just a few days ago, they also issued a statement telling Hezbollah not to get involved with Assad and they pulled out their fighters from the Hezbollah camp. So no Hamas is NOT involved in Syria. They are staying out of the whole thing because Iran is their ally but Assad is not their ally either.

      Plus one of Assad’s biggest financers and backers is not Iran, it’s Russia. They are the ones selling weapons to Assad and blocking any UN resolutions concerning Syria.

      Also the rebels are not saints either. This isn’t on you but I’m so tired of people demonizing Iran while in fact it’s RUSSIA supporting, funding and arming Assad.

      No matter what side, we must always stand by and support the civilians and refugees.

      • Faye says:

        Not exactly. Hamas has satellites in Quatar and Egypt but is based in Gaza, where it co-leads the government. And financially, it is still very much supporting rebels. Hamas-trained rebels are in the Golan Heights, and causing so much violence that UN peacekeepers who were the border separation between Israel and Syria for years have left permanently.

        And while Iran deserves its demonization through its Hezbollah backing, you are right in that Russia is just as much if not more to blame. Of course, Putin’s motives are financial, but that doesn’t make it any better.

        I guess I’m confused with people saying they want the U.S. to intervene but don’t want weapons pouring in. Because that is what intervention would consist of at this point. Diplomacy isn’t it because we’ve tried that for over a year and gotten nowhere. And the point I was trying to make, which apparently offended people greatly, is that just saying “let’s intervene” isn’t a simple matter when intervention = weapons, and you know where those weapons will be headed.

      • Leen says:

        I agree with your last paragraph. I don’t believe the solution is as simple as people make it out to be. In fact, I think the intervention period has gone, there are too many foreign agents involved. Solution? Not sure, but I have a feeling that next year,when assad’s term runs up, it will change. But by then, god knows what will happen to Syria.
        I also think foreign intervention (or the possibility of it) has led people to actually support Assad. I know many Syrians who left Syria who were on the fence but are now solely pro-Assad ecause of America’a possible involvement and the FSA’s radicalization.

  11. serena says:

    I agree, the answer is not arming men, that would just cause more conflicts. But I get that every country ‘aids’ for their personal issues not for the true purpose of aiding lots and lots of poor people.
    It’s a mess.

  12. Monica says:

    I would respect her more if her good deeds were done in the US. There is suffering here at home that should be first priority of any American able to help.

    • Jenny says:

      There is a lot of suffering and poverty in the United States, but nothing that can compare to the scale or atrocity of what is happening in Syria. Why are only Americans deserving of support and aid?

    • Myrto says:

      Why is it one or the other? Why couldn’t we do both? Also this is not the Oppression Olympics but comparing the state of poverty in the US and what’s actually going on in Syria is either very ignorant or completely selfish and self-centered. Probably both.

      • Monica says:

        I’m neither ignorant nor selfish. It’s a difference of opinion. I didn’t compare the levels of poverty at all and anyone who believes that I did either did not really read my post or can’t comprehend a differing opinion. I support Americans helping America first. Saving the world is a noble goal, but it’s impossible. Charity should begin at home.

      • Myrto says:

        You said helping America should be a priority. So you *are* comparing the two situations and deciding that one is a priority. And it just isn’t.
        I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of people to help and a lot of money to donate in the US but Syrian refugees need our help right now and I don’t think the worst situations in America are in any way comparable to what Syrian people experience on a daily basis. So if we have to choose (but again why should we choose? since we can help both countries) I choose Syria.
        Clearly you think saving the world is impossible so why bother, right?
        My boyfriend’s Syrian and comments like yours piss me off.

    • claire says:

      They donate tons of money. Her other half has his projects in New Orleans, to aid post-Katrina. I think they’re pretty well-rounded in their efforts. Besides, some people consider themselves more citizens of the world, and they have a larger scale focus.

      • Monica says:

        Yes, I THINK it should be a priority. Again, an opinion. And again, not comparing LEVELS of poverty. Everyone needs to prioritize things. If you place Syria higher on your list than America, go right ahead, but I personally cannot do so. I’m assuming you’re one of those people who preaches about everyone having a right to their own opinion… until it differs from your own, that is.

    • Christne says:

      I totally disagree with this sentiment. People should help whomever they choose and thank God that there are people who actually do choose to get off their butts and help.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s how I feel too. I have a “friend” who complained about people helping after the terrible earthquake in Haiti should help in the US instead – not realizing that 1) that was a disaster unlike anything in the US and there is no infrastructure to help like there is in the US, and 2) I’d bet most of the people who donate and helped there ALSO donate and help in their own town/state/country. And I’d be willing to bet this “friend” of mine doesn’t give to ANY causes.

        I also have a friend who does animal rescue work, and someone recently told her she should be helping people instead (which she does too).

        It doesn’t have to be either/or. Anyone willing to help any good cause in any way is great. If you find something you’re passionate about and want to help, even better.

    • DeepFriedLies says:

      I think she should focus on the state of your healthcare in the US….as a Canadian, my heart really goes out to those without it.

      • The Original G says:

        Really, this passive aggressive criticism of Jolie’s charitable efforts is so churlish. She can pick her own interests, but can you really not see the difference between the how dis-enfranchised child refugees are over the average American?

    • Christne says:

      At the end of the day, why does it have to be about American people suffering versus non-American people suffering? We are all human beings. I can’t embrace the viewpoint that one is more worthy of effort than another based upon where they happened to be born or that an individual has a higher responsibility to certain people based upon where they were born.

    • tabasco says:

      @Monica – The world is an interconnected place. Problems in other countries have a way of manifesting themselves here and vice versa. If the China market crashes, the global market crashes. If Afghanistan has too much lawlessness, poverty, isolation and hopelessness, it becomes a breeding ground for extremists. Perhaps on some issues, you can separate America’s Problems from Other’s Problems, but there are many where you can’t.

    • Bridget says:

      Ms. Jolie has chosen an issue that goes beyond national borders – these refugees are displaced and living in camps oustide their home countries. They cannot assimilate into a new place because they will lose the chance to go home (should it ever happen) yet they are living somewhere essentially with no real law, outsiders in the places that are begrudgingly taking them in. Her choice to champion this issue speaks volumes about her, because she’s speaking up for those who have no voices themselves, who have been forgotten by their own government, and are unwanted where they are. She is speaking up for those that are truly the MOST vulnerable, who have NO ONE.

  13. Nad says:

    las visitas de Agelina siempre tienen las mismas fechas de los estrenos de brad.

  14. Nad says:

    Agelina visits always have the same dates of the premieres of brad.

  15. werty says:

    I know its selfish but i wish she could aid me. I cant even get wellfare money cause ive gotten it for too long. But i cant get a job cause i have no experince (Yay for sweden:/

  16. Lucinda says:

    Beautiful as always, inside and out. My ultimate girl crush. Watching her transformation into a woman who really brings awareness for the downtrodden has been a wonderful thing to see.

  17. geekychick says:

    Honestly? Honestly from someone who was a child during the war where all that could save us was international community recognizing what was being done to us, and let me tell you, it took 2 years of war for something to start happening. UN? WE used to joke that a tree would do more than a “blue helmet”.
    BUT! This, what is happening is Syria is just…..horrible. And I can only imagine the desperation of people who are trapped there; you have to take into account the state of psyche when it seems that you’re crying and begging for help, your dear and loved ones are being slaughtered left and right, no questions asked, and NO ONE is helping. It becomes incredibly frustrating, fills you with life-long bitterness and yes, makes you think that you just have to do as the enemy does-no mercy-to survive. That’s how the Russians won over Hitler.

  18. Isan says:

    No snarks from me, I admire her for keeping on going to raise awareness (although she looks drained and dead tired to me).

    In a way I understand the critique that it will not change much let alone anything for these people at the moment, sadly history keeps repeating itself over and over when it comes to refugees.
    But the people in the pictures look really happy to see her and that’s also helping, just showing up and letting people know that you care and giving them hope.

  19. Leslie says:

    Poor Angie looks really not well in that main pic. She’s way too thin. I hope she’s not sick. Maybe it’s just stress.

  20. sdgirl says:

    I think her visit helps A LOT! The US just pledged more money in aid to Syria situation and overall donations spike up when she is front and center. It’s called the Angelina Jolie effect – in whatever area you choose to look at, she will always have a positive effect.

  21. lucy2 says:

    I don’t love and adore everything about Angelina, but I do have a lot of respect and admiration for this sort of work she does. I think it’s important, sincere, and inspiring.

    I’d also like to give props to Rashida Jones, Sarah Wayne Callies, Don Cheadle, and other celebs who work with the IRC and visit refugee camps around the world. I sincerely admire anyone willing to step up and not only been financially supportive, but also see the situations first hand and then use their fame to help.

    • Brittanica says:

      I’ve long admired your rational voice in all of these Jolie-Pitt threads. I’ve read comments but never commented. I just want to understand where people are coming from on this. All these other celebs are going and helping, and regular people are giving of their time and money in a way that will actually impact their choices in life, but all we see are “candid” shots of Jolie. Most people on this board have nothing but praise to sing of her, and it sounds quite creepy. I think it’s ok to question what’s being sold to you. I don’t doubt that she gives, but I don’t have to assume that she doesn’t gain from all of this as well. She’s smart, and she knows what people think of her and what people are saying. Her actions seem to coordinate with all of this. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I don’t ever fully trust someone in the public eye. We only see what they want us to. Fans argue that the Jolie-Pitts don’t actually want us to know all the intimate details about their children, their sex life, their religious views, etc. But they do. Fans argue that paps should stay away from the children, that the parents don’t want them photographed. But they do. When they don’t want to address an issue or make it known, they stop it from happening. They restrict the press from asking certain questions. It’s been done by them as it’s been done by hundreds of other celebs and public figures. They can go for months without being photographed, but they’re always photographed at promotion time. It’s typical. And if fans were treating them as typical, it wouldn’t be so hard for some people, I would guess, to stomach the crazy. Pitt and Jolie are not the worlds best actors, despite fans trying to paint them as such. Yet you don’t see some of the world’s finest actors and actresses parading their children or talking about their sex lives whilst simultaneously getting papped left and right in refugee camps. It’s not weird to raise an eyebrow at all of it…

      • manly says:

        long post out of nothin’.enough.

      • katesparrow says:

        Read this story and see that Angie just doesn’t have her pictures taken. She does things for these people. They recognize her good heart and that’s what matters. Angie has done things that make a difference e.g funding schools in Kenya and Afghanistan for girls to learn.

        Bosnian Refugees Get Homes In New, U.S.-Financed Apartments After Angelina Jolie’s Visit – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/bosnian-refugees-get-homes-new-us-financed-apartments-after-angelina-jolies-visit#sthash.dke6hAML.dpuf

        For years, authorities in Rogatica tried to find a permanent solution for them, but it wasn’t until after Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt visited last year that the U.S. agreed to donate $500,000 for housing.

        After years of sharing a room with her sister and a bathroom with the rest of the refugees, Lena Babic, 79, finally held a set of keys in one hand and a photo of herself, her 73-year-old sister Mara, and Jolie in the other.

        Even after she unlocked the door and sat on a sofa she and her sister now can call their own, Lena never put the photo down.

        “Angelina saw everything,” she remembered, recounting the star’s visit to her old tiny room with the broken sofa next to the bathroom everybody used for washing clothes and dishes.

        “She said, if I can do anything, you will have your own bathroom. She could not have done it on her own, others also helped, but she is the one who is in my heart,” Babic said, pressing the photo against her chest.

      • Sandy says:

        What is the purpose to come to a blog about a person and post nearly ten comments, but you don’t like them..It doesn’t make any sense. You said you read comments, but never post. Maybe that it should have stayed that way.

  22. Brittanica says:

    No one will agree with me, and I’m ok with being a lone voice. But I don’t understand how someone can see such poverty, such lack, and then go on living such an extravagant and wasteful lifestyle. You guys can carry on with worshipping her and her photos, but the woman knows exactly what she’s doing, and I’ve never seen someone get their hands dirty like that and walk away from it time and time again without deciding that they don’t need designer clothes and several carbon-crater mansions. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m glad that she gives of her money, but don’t fool yourselves into thinking that she’s sacrificing much of her paycheck for each bomb of a movie she makes. She still cares about hollywood, though she feigns to be above it.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      She, personally gives away 1/3 of her paycheck to charities that around the world. I don’t understand your premise. So because she found a passion for something outside of her day job (that made her rich), that is giving back to others with her TIME and MONEY, she should quit her day job because she doesn’t do enough?

      What is wrong with enjoying your wealth that you earned, while also trying to help others? Why does it matter that she has a ton of money? If you actually read her interviews, she has said that when she first started she wanted to just quit and go full time…but she realized that she, as Angelina Jolie would be a lot more effective, if she kept up her day job.

      Which is true. She can draw attention to issues, just like we saw recently with her mastectomy. Do you say/think that all rich people who give and volunteer in their communities and other countries should give up most everything they have?

      And as for the cameras (as I already said on the upthread), they are supposed to be there, as she works with the UNHCR as a Special Envoy. Her role is specifically for awareness….I could see your point if she was working in a women’s shelter and there was always a camera in her face.

      I’m sorry, but I think you’re a little ridiculous.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        Virgilia Coriolanus: Thank you for your sane and rational posts. Great comment and I agree with you.

      • judyjudy says:

        I think you missed the point of what Brittanica was saying.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @judyjudy

        How did I miss her point? She’s saying that she doesn’t understand how Angelina can go to refugee camps (with cameras), and not be so affected that she quits acting, and gives away most, if not all of her money.

        I’m saying that I don’t think ANYONE should be required to give away everything they own to be charitable human beings, no matter how rich or poor they are. And I don’t understand why Angelina only gets flak for it. I’ve never heard any other celebrity or rich person get flak for being rich, yet charitable and bringing attention to crises.

        So, what was her point?

      • Janet says:

        @judyjudy: What point? She didn’t have a point. Pitt and Jolie are free to spend their money however they want; they earned it. They choose to donate a third of their income to charity, which is a hell of a lot more than most other celebrities donate. Brittanica just came on here to snark, and so did you.

    • Janet says:

      @Brittanica: Her “bombs” have earned a total of $4 billion.

      You really need to find another blog to post on because you’ve made yourself look like a nitwit on this one.

    • Joy says:

      How is Angie “feigning” Hollywood. she is about to direct a feature film for Universal that has been planne dfor over fifty years.She is the highest paid and most sought after actress in the world. what exactly do you think she gains from her work with refugees ….. work she has been doing BTW on her own dime (and tirelessly) for over 11 years? Do you really think her luxe life wouldn’t have been far more comfortable than Rawanda for a week after she had both of her breast removed. GMAFB hater!

  23. Ginger says:

    I used to work for a lovely Syrian family here in the states and sometimes they would talk about why they fled their country and sought safety in the US. They tried to bring their other family members here as well but had a lot of difficulty. They were such decent people and their story has always stuck with me. I hope that Angelina can draw some attention to the conflict there.