, January 31, 2018
by Hala Oran

Angelina Jolie and Her Kids Visit Al Zaatari!

Angelina Jolie arrived in Jordan Sunday with two of her children, Shiloh and Zahara to visit Al Zaatari; the biggest Syrian refugee camp in the Middle East. This is Angelina’s fifth visit to Jordan since the start of the Syrian crisis. Jolie’s children played with Syrian girls their own age who had suffered so much either by losing family members or by struggling with “illness and trauma”. Who, as Angelina said in a news conference “at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation”. “Heartbreaking” she said that these people cannot go back home and have to endure so much at such a young age!

Surrounded by children who were squeezed together in a small patch of land between the caravans during her press conference, she further stressed on the need to “negotiate a principled end to this senseless war -without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families…”. Jordan is home to more than 650,000 registered Syrian Refugees, according to the UN, with around 80,000 of those living in Zaatari.

Angelina has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001, and in 2012 she was appointed as the Special Envoy to the UNHCR. It is said that she wanted to get involved in worldwide humanitarian efforts after filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. Since then she has visited Sudan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq to name a few. She has also donated millions of dollars to that cause. In 2003 she was the first recipient to receive the Citizen of the World Award which was established that year by the United Nations Correspondents Association; she received many other awards for her efforts since then.

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Jan 31, 2018