Angelina Jolie Speaks Out For Syrian Refugees

| by Taylor Bell
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Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since undergoing a double mastectomy recently with the United Nations refugee agency in Syria.

On the HNHCR’s website, Jolie said reason for the visit was to “show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries” affected by the Syrian civil war. Jolie, 38, listened to the stories of Syrian refugees while taking notes. Jolie later spoke at Jordan’s largest refugee camp in honor of World Refugee Day on Thursday.

She said her a news conference that refugees are "often forgotten and frequently misunderstood," reported CBS News. "[Refugees] are regarded as a burden, as helpless individuals, or as people who wish to move to someone else's country. That is not who they are."

She added that refugees are people "who will one day rebuild their countries, and a more peaceful world for us all."

In the past six months alone, the war in Syria as caused 1.6 million people to flee, reported US magazine.

"The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today," Jolie said. "The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy. Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found."

Jolie said by the end of 213, "half of Syria's population —10 million people — will be in desperate need of food, shelter and assistance."

She added her plea that leaders use diplomatic means to end the Syrian war.

"I appeal to the world leaders — please, set aside your differences, unite to end the violence and make diplomacy succeed," she told reporters.

During her travels, Jolie was without fiancé, Brad Pitt, as he was promoting his newest film, “World War Z.” When asked about her whereabouts on the red carpet Pitt responded, “she’s watching the others right now and she’s taking off in a matter of moments for [World] Refugee Day, [which] she’s dealing with on the other side of the world,” reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Sources: CBS News, US magazine, The Hollywood Reporter

Photo Credit: UNHCR/J. Tanner