ISSUES EMERGENCY PLEA
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[ May 8th 2005 ]
Award winner and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie
has issued a plea to the international community
on behalf of millions of Afghan refugees living
in Pakistan. The Tomb Raider star is touring the
region to witness first-hand the squalid conditions
post-war refugees are living in. "I ask the international
community to do more to fund and to help shoulder
the burden of this part of the world."
a woman who was about to get on a truck with a
small baby," Jolie said. "I do not know how she
is going to survive, and how she will be able
to make a living, to find food, to find health
care. So it is very, very difficult but many people
are moving back."
has been hosting Afghan refugees for many many
years and UNHCR has greatly appreciated it," said
Jolie after meeting on Wednesday with Pakistan
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. "There is still much
that needs to be done, these families from Afghanistan
still need people looking after them because they
have many needs."
is Jolie's second visit to Pakistan. The American
actress observed UNHCR activities with Afghans
during an extensive tour of the country in early
2001 before officially becoming a Goodwill Ambassador
for the UN refugee agency. Since then she has
undertaken missions to meet refugees and UNHCR
staff in more than 15 countries around the world
- including each of the last three Christmas seasons.
October she spent three days in Sudan's strife-torn
Darfur region, months after she visited refugees
from the conflict who had fled over the border
update courtesty of UNHCR.