Jolie visits Syrian refugees
Publisher: Sunday Telegraph
Story date: 09/12/2012
Language: English


ANGELINA Jolie paid an emotional visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, last week – her second trip to the region in three months to meet civilians who are being targeted in strife-torn Syria.

``What I saw last night is a dramatic example of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been uprooted by the fighting and are in a desperate search for safety,'' the 37-year-old actor said.

``Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians.''

Her eyes filling with tears, Jolie said she heard ``horrific'' and ``heartbreaking'' accounts from the refugees living in the Jordanian camp that has provided shelter for those fleeing the civil war in the neighbouring country.

Jolie, the UN refugee agency's special envoy, met women refugees at the Zaatari camp, which now holds about 40,000 Syrians displaced by the 19-month conflict.

``It's deeply, deeply concerning,'' Jolie said from the sprawling tent city.

``What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific,'' adding that the children's stories were especially moving.

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