Monday 4 May 2015

From 'Maleficent' premieres to Myanmar: Angelina Jolie shares a joke with tribeswoman on World Refugee Day

Anita McSorley

Published 20/06/2014 | 18:38

Angelina Jolie (R), special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visits ethnic Karenni refugee Baw Meh, 75, and Baw Meh's family from Myanmar on World Refugee Day, at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp, located approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) from the Thai-Myanmar border, in the province of Mae Hong Son. Reuters/UNHCR/R. Arnold/Handout via Reuters
Angelina Jolie (R), special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visits ethnic Karenni refugee Baw Meh, 75, and Baw Meh's family from Myanmar on World Refugee Day, at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp, located approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) from the Thai-Myanmar border, in the province of Mae Hong Son. Reuters/UNHCR/R. Arnold/Handout via Reuters
Angelina Jolie (L), special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visits ethnic Karenni refugees from Myanmar on World Refugee Day, at Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp, located approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) from the Thai-Myanmar border, in the province of Mae Hong Son in Thailand. Reuters/UNHCR/R.

Millionaire actress Angelina Jolie shared a joke with a tribeswoman in humble camp surroundings during a visit to a refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border today.

The Hollywood actress, activist and United Nations Special Envoy was visiting ethnic Karenni refugees from Myanmar for World Refugee Day.

The 39-year-old Maleficent star became interested in humanitarian affairs in 2000 after visiting war-torn Cambodia to film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

She wanted to learn more about the conditions in these areas and began travelling with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNGCR) to refugee camps around the world.

In 2001 she was named Goodwill Ambassador by the UNHCR and in 2012 High Commissioner Antonio Guterres appointed her his Special Envoy.

She adopted the first of her three adopted children, Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Phnom Pendh, Cambodia in 2002.

More than 50 million people worldwide are refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced within their own countries, a report released today by the U.N. refugee agency said.

World Refugee Day, marked on 20 June each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of refugees around the world.

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