Humanitarian Traces of
Angelina Jolie

World Refugee Day 2002

Commended for her commitment to refugees, Jolie related her personal experiences with them.

“During my first visit to the field, I expected to meet people who were very different from me. What I learned on my visit is that although we don’t speak the same language or share the same culture, refugees are just like you and me. They want the same things we all do. They want a safe and happy home for their family, a good education, health care for their children and enough food to eat.

Refugees have done more for my heart and my spirit than I can ever express in words. They’ve changed my life with their friendship, love, courage and loyalty. They’ve triumphed against enormous odds with unbroken spirits.”