£1M TO REFUGEES
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[ September 27th 2001 ]
Croft Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie has donated
$1 million to help the refugees fleeing Afghanistan.
The cash, equal to about £700,000, will go to
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' appeal.
The UN is hoping to raise £185 million to fund
humanitarian efforts in and around Afghanistan,
Ananova reports today.
Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said: "This significant
contribution from a concerned young American reinforces
my belief that, despite the trauma of recent events
in her country, a strong sense of humanitarian
responsibility toward innocent civilian suffering
in far-off places continues to animate the spirit
of caring individuals everywhere."
Jolie was formally appointed a UNHCR Goodwill
Ambassador on August 27th in a brief ceremony
at the agency’s Geneva headquarters presided over
by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers.
Since March, she has made arduous field visits
to refugee camps in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia
Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Jolie will help educate
the public not only about the plight of refugees,
but also about the perseverance and courage they
show in overcoming all odds to rebuild their lives.
In the process, millions of refugees have made
enormous contributions to their own societies
and to their host countries.