Angelina Jolie is having a break from the the award season circuit, where she stepped onto the red carpet in an Atelier Versace gown at the Golden Globes’ ‘Black Out’ and that white feathered Ralph & Russo dress at the Critics' Choice Awards, to visit refugees in Jordan as part of her work as a special envoy for the UN refugee agency - and the 42-year old actress wasn’t alone.
Daughters Zahara, 13, and Shiloh, 11 accompanied their philanthropic mother to the Middle East to visit Syrian refugees who have fled their country to the desert camp of Zaatari in Jordan. Jolie greeted families and listened to their stories before addressing the press at a conference.
“We should never forget that the war began with demands by Syrians for greater human rights. Peace in their country has to be built on that.” - Angelina Jolie, today in Za'atari Camp, Jordan. . “It cannot be built on impunity for the targeting of civilians by all sides of the conflict, the bombing of schools and hospitals, barrel bombs, torture, chemical weapons and rape used as a weapon of war." . “So that is my message to the international community today: yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families and the countries hosting them. But above all please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless war – without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families. That is non-negotiable.” . On her fifth visit to Jordan since the beginning of the crisis, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, visited refugee families living in Za’atari camp, the largest refugee settlement in the Middle East and home to more than 80,000 Syrians. . Almost seven years since the start of the conflict, more than 6 million people remain displaced inside Syria and a further 5.48 million have fled to other countries in the region, creating the biggest refugee crisis since the end of the second world war. . Photo: UNHCR/ @ivorprickett #AngelinaJolie #zaataricamp #jordan #syria #refugees #peace #war #dignity #shilohjoliepitt #zaharajoliepitt #humanrights
“It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as the war enters its eighth year,” says The Maleficent star. “We in UNHCR are deeply grateful to the Jordanian people, for their generosity and humanity towards the victims of the conflict.
"So my message to world leaders, as they prepare to gather at the UN General Assembly in 10 days' time, is to ask that the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict, and what it will take to end it, are put at the center of the discussion."