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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt meet with Iraqi Refugees

Posted on: October 8, 2009

Last Friday, October 2nd, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie traveled to Damascus, Syria on a United Nations goodwill mission to meet with Iraqi civilians relocated by the Iraq war. Thousands of Iraqi refugees were placed temporarily in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Iran. Angelina and Brad met with two refugee families and discussed the poor conditions they are currently living in. Later, they went and talked with the president of Syria to discuss the refugee state of affairs in his country. They found out that the Iraqi refugee crisis was one of the worst and it did not get enough coverage, they live in dangerous and horrible living conditions and going back to their own country would be another disaster because it will take a long time to recover and rebuild. 4.2 million of Iraqis have left their homes since the beginning of the war in 2003 but the Syria’s president have took care of them as best as he could and shown generous hospitality to people in need. However, it is still important that the UNHCR provide financial and food support for these refugees because the Syrians have to deal with their own problems too.

Angelina Jolie talking to refugee

Angelina Jolie talking to refugee

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