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[ November 26th 2001 ]

The U.S. 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.

The full 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.

"Ms. 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."

Angelina 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.

"Angelina 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.

Angelina 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."

Click HERE for the United Nations High Comission for Refugees web site.

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