Angelina Jolie Meets Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Celebrity News Sep. 11, 2012 AT 9:45AM
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees on the Jordanian border minutes after they crossed from Syria. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees on the Jordanian border minutes after they crossed from Syria. Credit: UNHCR/JTanner/Sept 2012

Angelina Jolie met with nearly 200 new Syrian refugees near Mafraq, Jordan, overnight September 11, Us Weekly has learned. The actress and UNHCR special envoy was joined by high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres and Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judeh.

The Za'atri refugee camp hosts about 28,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict. Guterres told the Associated Press the "camp needs massive international funding" and that "the conditions are still not acceptable."

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After talking to Syrian women and touring the tent city, a teary-eyed Jolie shared the refugees' "horrific" and "heartbreaking" stories with the Associated Press. See more photos of Angelina Jolie in Jordan.

"I am very concerned; the world is very concerned," the Academy Award winner and mother-of-six said. "What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them. What they described on the ground, hearing it from them, is so horrific."

Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees and UNHCR Representatives on the Jordanian border minutes after they crossed from Syria.
Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees and UNHCR Representatives on the Jordanian border minutes after they crossed from Syria.
Credit: UNHCR/JTanner/Sept 2012

According to spokesman for the UNHCR, "Refugees tell us that artillery and air attacks are continuing in villages and towns close to the Jordanian border. There are reports of thousands of displaced people in Syria's south, moving from village to village seeking safety before they can cross the border."

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"This mission that we are sharing has a key objective," Guterres added. "It is to draw attention to the international community to express a much more stronger solidarity with Syrian refugees and the host countries that have kept their borders open to all those fleeing the conflict."

Guterres and Jolie are planning to meet Jordan's King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein, Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh mid-afternoon September 11.

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In April, Jolie was promoted to the diplomat-level position of UNHCR special envoy after serving more than 10 years as a goodwill ambassador. She is currently engaged to actor and philanthropist Brad Pitt, 48, her costar from the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

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