Angelina Jolie Makes Third Trip to Iraq
Angelina Jolie made her third trip to Iraq on Thursday, offering support to hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis.
During her day-long visit, Jolie, 34, met four families displaced from the district of Abu Ghraib, located to the west of Baghdad, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
The families that Jolie met complained that their children could not go to school and they could not afford to pay for medical treatment for various ailments.
After one Iraqi complained to Jolie about his hardships, Jolie (a mother of six) told him, "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."
Jolie, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, also cradled a newborn with a rash during her visit, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Before she left, the actress told locals: "I want to come back and find you in a better place and in a different situation. We hope that UNHCR 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."
"Despite the difficult times," Jolie said, "There are some changes. There are returns of displaced people, not a big number, but there is progress."
Jolie first visited Iraq in August 2007, talking to 1,200 refugees. She returned last February. Of her third trip, the actress said, "This is a moment where things seem to be improving on the ground, but Iraqis need a lot of support and help to rebuild their lives."