Humanitarian Traces of
Angelina Jolie

Jordan

28.01.2018

Angelina Jolie has met with Syrian refugees at the biggest refugee settlement in the Middle East, accompanied by two of her kids.

This was Angelina Jolie's fifth visit to Jordan since the beginning of Syria's conflict.

The Zaatari Refugee Camp is home to more than 80,000 displaced Syrians, only a fraction of the 5.48 million Syrians who have had to flee the country.

Angelina Jolie said that any negotiated solution to Syria’s long-running conflict must respect the human rights and dignity of all Syrians, including millions of refugees living in neighbouring countries.

“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.”

“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,” she added.

“Please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless 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.”

Accompanying Angelina Jolie were two of her daughters – Zahara, and Shiloh – who met a group of young Syrian girls at a UNHCR-funded community centre in the camp. The girls are all members of an after-school learning initiative, and they described education as their greatest source of hope for the future.

“My daughters Zahara and Shiloh asked to come with me.“

"They’ve spent time today speaking and playing with children their own age who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness, but who at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation.”

“UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most basic necessities for survival for many families.”

After almost seven years of war, most Syrian refugees have exhausted any savings they had, with the majority now living below the poverty line and surviving on less than US$3 per day.

“UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most basic necessities for survival for many families. Last year, the UNHCR response for the Syria crisis was only 50 per cent funded. So far this year, it is only 7 per cent funded.”

“Really, there is nothing more devastating for UNHCR staff than not to be able to give people the help and support they need and deserve.”


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