What do you think about Angelina’s humanitarian work?

Posted: 16/03/2011 in Humanitarian work
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Angelina Jolie recently tavelled to Afghanistan to visit with war refugees. Jolie is an official goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees.

After taking stock of the current conditions of refugees in Afghanistan, Jolie said in an official statement from the UNHCR, “The focus needs to be put now on reintegration and that means not just putting up shelter but making sure there is water, job opportunities, a school for the children and medical clinics.”

This was Jolie’s second trip visiting refugees in Afghanistan.The Academy Award-winning actress and mother of six visited families she had met in 2008. One stop was at a former storage warehouse that is now housing internally displaced or returned refugees. It’s a place that should be a temporary home at most.

Jolie visited Khanum Gul and her husband, who live in a small damp room with eight children. A United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) tarpaulin covers a hole in the front wall to keep out the wind and snow.

Khanum had just had her son Samir when she met Jolie in 2008. The child is now two, and Jolie said, “It was very distressing to see that, because of the poor conditions, Samir seems to be suffering some form of developmental delay due to malnutrition or lack of medical care. He can’t walk and is barely surviving.”

Jolie’s visit saw glimmers of hope in Qala Gadu, the village where she is supporting the building of a school.

The United Nations Refugee Agency reported that Qala Gadu was the “scene of fierce fighting during successive waves of conflict in Afghanistan since the late 1970s. Among the 2,500 families in the area, almost everyone is a returned refugee or was internally displaced before 2002.”

The actress activist met students who will attend the primary school after it is built. A little girl named Sahira told the actress, “If you build this school, I promise I will work really hard and study until the 12th grade.” The 10-year-old is the youngest of five daughters and the first to attend school.

  1. Nerea says:

    good job!

  2. beli! says:

    It’s a good job!! =)

  3. Cristina says:

    very good job, congratulations!!!

  4. María Rodríguez says:

    Oh, it’s such an amazing job! Congratulations!

  5. Bea says:

    good job!

  6. Adrián Rey says:

    the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their ideas, dreams, fascinations, anxieties, and viewpoints with the world, brilliant !

  7. Ana says:

    It´s fantastic!

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