Published: Wed, January 31, 2018

Angelina Jolie meets Syrian refugees, requires finish to struggle

Angelina Jolie meets Syrian refugees, requires finish to struggle

"It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as this war enters its eighth year", Jolie said after meeting refugee families and teenage girls in a United Nations -run community program. Peace in their country has to be built on that. During the visit, Jolie called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict that respected the "dignity and human rights" of all Syrians.

The Maleficent star, 42, also used her visit to warn that funding for the UN's refugee programs were well short of the organization's targets and that world leaders had to work hard to end the war and enable Syrian families to return home.

'So that is my message to the worldwide community today: yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families, and the countries hosting them.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq now host almost 5 ½ million Syrian refugees between them. She was disturbed and distressed by the conditions that the refugees were living in.

She went on saying "the crisis still persists, and we hope it will end".

Jolie along with her daughters met up with TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading), an organistation that advocates for refugees to continue education despite their displaced conditions.

"After seven years of war, most Syrian refugees have exhausted any savings they have, the vast majority of them already live below the poverty line, on less than $3 a day, if you imagine what that would mean for your family", the actress said.

"UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most necessities for survival for many families", Jolie said, adding that the UNHCR response for the Syria crisis was only 50 percent funded in 2017. With 650,000 of those housed in Jordan and more than 78,000 living in the Za'atari camp Angelina visited. "So far this year, it is only 7 per cent funded". Jolie talked to families that had been affected by the deadly violence caused by the civil war in Syria for the past seven years.

"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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