Friday 9 December 2016

Angelina Jolie visits refugees at Greek port

Published 16/03/2016 | 22:24

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomes actress Angelina Jolie during their meeting in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomes actress Angelina Jolie during their meeting in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece. Photo: Reuters/Michalis Karagiannis
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece. Reuters/Michalis Karagiannis
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie stands in front of a painting during her meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Angelina Jolie listens to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Angelina Jolie waves as she leaves the Maximou mansion after her meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Angelina Jolie at a meeting in Athens, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

US actress Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the UN refugee agency, has visited refugees and migrants who have massed at a Greek port.

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Ms Jolie went to Athens' main port of Piraeus, where about 4,000 people are waiting either to head north to Greece's closed border with Macedonia, or for a place in rapidly filling official shelters.

Some 44,000 refugees and migrants, the last of the 143,000 who have entered Greece so far from Turkey in smugglers' boats, are trapped in the country because of border closures on the Balkan route to Europe's prosperous heartland. About 12,000 are in the greater Athens area.

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