Angelina Jolie Brought Cheers To Syrian Refugees With Brief Visit
19. June 2011
Despite her busy schedule and security risk, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie took time to visit some Syrian refugees who fled to the nearby country of Turkey to escape their government’s bloody crackdown.
Jolie went to the Turkish province of Hatay as a good hearted celebrity and as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to bring some cheers to the refugees who are seeking relief after violence erupted in their own native country. In her visit, Jolie brought along some boxes of toys and fruits to bring joy to the 10,000 Syrians who had sough refuge in Turkey.
To show her commitment and love, the Hollywood A-lister stayed in the refugee camp for two and half hours to talk to them and inspire them amids their hard life at the moment. The actress was very happy with the chance to interact and offer some minor relief to the refugees in her brief visit.
“The people in this camp have fled in fear for their lives, and many told me they were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria,” Jolie said. In the refugee camp, Jolie met with one woman who managed to leave Syria heavily pregnant, and has since given birth to her child in the camp, the actress told the woman to remain strong and everything will be okay soon.
Jolie also took time to offer words of gratitude to the government of Turkey for allowing the refugees to seek refuse in their country. “I am really grateful for the open-door policy of Turkey in allowing these people to enter and the assurances that there will be no forced returns,” she said.
The refugees for their part most of whom fans of Jolie were very touched by the gesture of the actress to visit them in the refugee camp. Visiting war-torn places is a regular fixture in the schedule of Jolie, in April she also travelled to Tunisia during its refugee crisis as thousands fled from its war-torn neighbour, Libya.
The wife of Hollywood hunk Brad Pitt said as long as UN needed her services she would always be here to help and bring some smiles to refugees around the world. Meanwhile, the Syrian refugees started to leave their country in mid-March as part when violent protest actions starts to broke out in Syria.
To stop the protest, Syrian President Bashar Assad responded by unleashing the military to crush the street demonstrations. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained.
To avoid being harmed, Syrians decided to flee their country and sough refuge in nearby Turkey. Jolie has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.
She has been cited as one of the world’s most attractive people, as well as the world’s “sexiest” and “most beautiful” woman, titles for which she has received substantial media attention. Although she made her screen debut as a child with her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, Jolie’s acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993).
Her first leading role in a major film was in the cyber-thriller Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
Moreover, Jolie received further critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Mighty Heart (2007) and Changeling (2008), which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and reinforced her reputation as a leading action star with the comic book adaptation Wanted (2008) and the action-thriller Salt (2010). Jolie has had her biggest commercial successes with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008).
Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.