Humanitarian Traces of
Angelina Jolie

Mission Myanmar

30/31.07.2015

Angelina Jolie had travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.

She had spoken with displaced families and heard about challenges related to access to basic services, particularly health care.

Angelina Jolie has stressed the importance of humanitarian access to assist the displaced families. No local or international humanitarian actors have been able to access this conflict area since clashes started in late June this year.

 “With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it’s essential that all of Myanmar’s people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future.”

Angelina Jolie has also met, on a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation, with Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit female factory workers in Yangon to learn more about their dire conditions.

During her meeting with the factory workers, on the outskirts of an industrial zone in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. Angelina Jolie and Suu Kyi witnessed first hand the conditions the women live in, mostly low cost hostels and also toured inside the factory.

It is Angelina Jolie's first visit to Myanmar, Burma, which only recently emerged from decades of military rule. More than a dozen ethnic minority groups, mostly in Myanmar's border areas, have been fighting for greater autonomy.

Recently, world attention has turned to the plight of stateless Rohingya Muslims who have been trafficked from Myanmar and Bangladesh on board overcrowded boats. Dozens of graves as well as pens likely used as human cages have been found in abandoned jungle camps on both sides of the Thailand-Malaysian border.


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