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Angelina Jolie visits displaced Iraqis

Posted by classiindia on June 29, 2010

ngelina Jolie on Thursday visited a settlement for displaced Iraqis in northwest Baghdad in her role

as a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR. The actor met four families whose members said their

children could not go to school and they could not afford to pay for medical treatment, the UN

refugee agency said. Jolie said during her one-day trip that there is progress in returning Iraqis

to their homes after years of war, but more needs to be done, according to UNHCR.

This is a moment where things seem to be improving on the ground, but Iraqis need a lot of

support and help to rebuild their lives, the agency quoted Jolie as saying. It was the actor’s third

trip to Iraq.

UNHCR estimates that 1.6 million Iraqis were displaced within the country by sectarian violence,

and that 300,000 have returned home amid improving security. It says hundreds of thousands

of Iraqi refugees live in neighboring countries, mostly in Syria and Jordan.

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