BY ANGELINA JOLIE
Copyright 2002 Associated Press
[ June 20th 2002 ]
of World Refugee Day on Thursday brought together
a unique diplomatic pair: Secretary of State Colin
Powell and actress Angelina Jolie. "Ms. Jolie
is the only ambassador I deal with who has her
own fan club," Powell joked before about 100 invited
guests and uninvited throngs of curious tourists
and commuters in the cavernous main hall of historic
a United Nations goodwill ambassador, has visited
refugee camps around the world, including in Sierra
Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador.
Thursday, she helped Powell present awards to
four students and cut a ribbon to open an exhibit
of pictures, children's artwork and performances
by refugee artists.
a recent visit to Colombia, Jolie said, she was
missing her newly adopted son - until she spoke
to a refugee whose three children were murdered.
She praised refugees for the courage they show
despite being uprooted from their homes and losing
all they had. "Many of them won't even know this
is happening today. Many have not crossed a border,
or reached a camp," Jolie said. "Refugees are
just like you and me. They want the same things
we do. The United States was founded by refugees.
The strength of the United States depends on that
year's World Refugee Day pays tribute to refugee
women, who with their children make up the bulk
of the world's 22 million refugees. "To look into
the face of a refugee woman is to peer into the
very eyes of the exodus," Powell said. "They are
also the eyes of hope." The terrorist attacks
of Sept. 11 will not "shake our commitment" to
improving the plight of the world's refugees,
Powell said. "This is a worldwide challenge."