Saturday 17 March 2018

Jolie begs for end to conflict on camp visit

Angelina Jolie has said the Syrian civil war is the world's most acute humanitarian crisis and called on world leaders to make diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

Jolie spoke at Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees, which she toured as special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

"I appeal to the world leaders, please set aside your differences, unite to end the violence and make diplomacy succeed," she told reporters, drawing attention to the UN's World Refugee Day.

The superstar is returning to her humanitarian work after announcing last month that she had her breasts removed after discovering she has an inherited genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Her visityesterday to Zaatari camp was her first public appearance with UNHCR since the double mastectomy.

The actress who at times was visably moved, said that by the end of this year, "half of Syria's population, 10 million people, will be in desperate need of food, shelter and assistance".

"The lives of millions of people are in your hands," said Jolie.

There are already more than half a million displaced Syrians in Jordan.

Irish Independent

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