Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

As all of you read in my last post, She went to Tunisia. I found another article about her visit with more information! here it is, hope you like it!

Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Tunisia this week. Unfortunately, this sparked some unrest near the Libyan border, where a crowd of refugees wreaked havoc.

“The people were beyond excited to see her,” says a witness, until it went awry.

There were thousands of refugees screaming her name and chanting. The crowd was closing in on her and her security detail; it was intense.”

For safety reasons, the actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador was forced to cancel half her visit, which included plans to visit a Moroccan hospital.

Before the commotion, she spoke with refugees who fled the fighting in Libya. Tunisia has received more than half of the outflow from the war-torn country.

Despite the upset, Jolie didn’t lose sight of her mission.

“The international community has done well to reinforce Tunisia’s remarkable relief effort,” she said in a statement excerpted by the UN official website.

“But with 2,500 people still crossing each day, we cannot let the funding dry up and we need to sustain the momentum,” Angelina Jolie said.

Here you can see a video of her in Tunisia: http://www.tmz.com/videos?autoplay=true&mediaKey=43ac04ff-82bb-4ca1-b485-208f336e4bd7

As we can see in many pictures she was surrounded of many pepole that were expecting her and she was really kind with all the refugees (we can also see it in the video).

This event has shown up also in the spanish press (El Mundo) and even in twitter:

here is the link for other video much better than the other one: http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/d/17369.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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Found this article from a few days ago that speaksĀ of Angelina’s concern about Libyan refugees. Hope you like it.

Angelina Jolie has urged officials around the world to “protect” Libyans as they attempt to flee the nation under the reign of controversial leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Colonel Gaddafi has vowed to “fight to the death” amid the uprising sweeping the African nation, insisting he’s willing to “die as a martyr” rather than relinquish power.

As a result, an estimated 100,000 people are attempting to enter neighbouring countries, and Jolie – a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees – is calling on authorities to “address” the crisis.

In a statement, she says, “It is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety – whether civilians caught in conflict in their own country or refugees and asylum seekers caught in new conflicts. All I’m asking is that civilians be protected and not targeted or harmed.

“The world needs to address this moment. We have to give people safe passage, evacuation if needed, and ensure they have asylum. We don’t want to look back and find their deaths are on our hands.”

(http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/angelina-jolie-calls-for-world-leaders-to-protect-libyan-refugees_1205086)

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.