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She plays many roles onscreen, but Angelina Jolie never loses sight of her important role as a concerned global citizen and active UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. The dedication to her craft that garnered Angelina an Academy Award for her performance in Girl, Interrupted (1999), is reflected in her efforts for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a UN agency that currently assists 20 million refugees in approximately 120 countries.

Angelina’s involvement with UNHCR began with a mission to Sierra Leone, a small African country that – like the Democratic Republic of the Congo – has been devastated by years of brutal civil war. Seeing firsthand the enormous challenges that refugees face was a life-altering experience for Angelina, who decided to use her fame to aid their cause. In 2001, she was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Although only 28, Angelina’s acting career has already spanned two decades. Her first feature role was in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982), a film co-written and co-produced by her father, the acclaimed actor Jon Voight. Since then, she has received Golden Globe Awards for the television movies George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998) and her film credits include Hackers (1995), The Bone Collector (1999), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).

 

 

As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina uses her status as a superstar to generate media coverage about the plight of refugees and the conditions under which they live. She has traveled widely to remote refugee camps and receiving centers in countries including Tanzania, Namibia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Ecuador. To further raise awareness, she has released her personal journals for select field visits that can be accessed at USA for UNHCR. For her efforts, Angelina has been honored with the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program Humanitarian Award.

While hosting What’s Going On? Angelina was inspired by the stories of the Fataki brothers, Echa Nyange and Sofia Mocke, all children living at the Lugufu refugee camp in Tanzania.

Tragically, their stories are all too familiar to Angelina, who has met thousands of men, women, and children forced to flee from their homes and struggle to survive as refugees. “You go to these places and you realize what life’s really about and what people are really going through,” says Angelina. “These people are my heroes.”

P.S: web URL: http://www.un.org/works/goingon/refugees/angelina_story.html

Here I post you a video of an interview long time ago:

It is not always gold that glitters … the intention is of the most respected and shared but by being famous seems that you can focus on what you want. The collection, titled “The Protector” is composed of a series of pieces made of gold and silver, decorated with diamonds. The pieces are around € 525 which will go directly to the NGO “Education Partnership for Children of Conflict“, founded by the actress, with the intention that all children who have experienced armed conflicts and natural disasters can get an education.

The idea came when Angelina was pregnant with Shiloh,  wanted a necklace that kept both safe and the snake was the animal that symbolized their union and family protection. This collection created by the actors, is a limited edition collection of rings, earrings, bracelets and even a silver spoon.
Will go on sale in selected stores: London, New York, Beverly Hills and Tokyo.

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.