Angelina Jolie Urges International Support for Libyan Refugees

Celebrity Body Mar. 2, 2011 AT 6:58PM
Angelina Jolie Urges International Support for Libyan Refugees Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage.com

As violent protests continue in Libya, Angelina Jolie spoke out on behalf of refugees fleeing the turbulent nation, as well as those in Africa's Cote d'Ivoire, which is reportedly on the verge of civil war.

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"We don't want to look back and find their deaths on our hands," the actress, 35, said in a statement Wednesday. "As we witness these newest crises unfold in west and north Africa, it is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety. All I'm asking is that civilians be protected, and not targeted or harmed."

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Jolie, who serves as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan for the past two days speaking with struggling refugees who are trying to return home after a decade of exile.

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"We need to remember that if we don't support these people in the long term to really get back on their feet, we will see a continued cycle of instability and new crises," she said.

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