July 24, 2009

Jolie visits refugees in Iraq

U.S. film star and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visited displaced families in Iraq Thursday, the U.N. Refugee Agency confirmed. said the trip was Jolie's third to the war-torn region.

The Oscar-winning actress and mother of six children spent Thursday with four families, who are displaced from the district of Abu Ghraib and who complained they can't afford to pay for various medical expenses and their children can't go to school.

It takes a lot of strength for you to survive this life. I don't know if I would be strong enough to survive this, quoted Jolie as telling one Iraqi after he explained his living conditions to her.

I want to come back and find you in a better place and in a different situation, Jolie told the people she met during the day. We hope that (the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the government will support you in getting a piece of land. You need help not because you are poor, but because you are the future of Iraq.