Iraq: Angelina Jolie visits families returning to Mosul
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul, less than a year after the city's liberation in June and July 2017. The visit marked Jolie's 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001.
She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Jolie walked among the bombed-out buildings that line the narrow streets of the Old City and met with displaced families to discuss efforts to rebuild the city and the needs of the returning population.
UNHCR is helping many returning families, with programs including cash assistance to rebuild their homes, legal representation for family members who have been arbitrarily detained because of mistaken identity, and help to obtain essential legal documents that were confiscated, destroyed or denied during the occupation.