JOLIES PAKISTAN JOURNAL
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[ November 26th 2001 ]
Association for the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (USA for UNHCR), a charity based
in Washington, DC, today released the "Pakistan
Journal" kept by Ms. Angelina Jolie during her
August trip there on behalf of UNHCR.
text is available on the organization's website
under the featured item "Angelina in Pakistan."
The journal, including photographs, is the property
of Ms. Jolie. It may not be reproduced, in whole
or in part, without her express written permission.
Jolie's portrayal of life in refugee camps in
Pakistan is sensitive and timely," said Jeffrey
Meer, Executive Director of USA for UNHCR. "In
reading her reflections, you gain a perspective
on the humanitarian situation of refugees fleeing
years of conflict in Afghanistan that you don't
get from reading newspaper accounts."
Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visited Pakistan
during August 17 through August 26, 2001. She
was accompanied on her trip by UNHCR staff, and
visited UNHCR offices in Islamabad, Quetta and
Peshawer. As well, she visited several of the
agencies that work in partnership with UNHCR.
Jolie's commitment to refugees transcends field
visits," said Meer. "She has given time, energy,
enthusiasm and personal donations to help UNHCR
accomplish its mission." In September, Ms. Jolie
donated $1 million in response to the High Commissioner's
appeal to help Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Iran
and elsewhere in the South Asia region.
Jolie's previous trips to Africa and Cambodia
on behalf of UNHCR were also chronicled in journals
available on USA for UNHCR's website. USA for
UNHCR plans to release Ms. Jolie's journals for
other trips, as they become available. "We think
this is a unique way people can gain an understanding
of what relief work is like," says Meer. "Reading
through her journals may not be the same as seeing
it for yourself, but it is as close as you can
get without buying a plane ticket."
HERE for the United Nations High Comission for
Refugees web site.