Angelina Jolie has travelled to Iraq to highlight the plight of the country’s refugees.
The ‘Tomb Raider’ star – who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador – met with 1,200 refugees camped out in makeshift shelters near the war-torn nation’s border with Syria on Tuesday (28.08.07).
She said: “I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to the humanitarian crisis and to urge governments to increase their support for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners.
“My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”
The 32-year-old actress also witnessed dozens of Iraqis crossing the border into Syria to escape the fighting in their homeland.
She also met privately with US troops and other foreign forces deployed in the region during her trip.
On Monday (27.08.07), Angelina flew from New York to Syria before travelling to the Syrian capital of Damascus to visit Iraqi refugees in their homes.
She said: “It is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate abut Iraq’s future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face.”