Thursday, February 7, 2008

Angelina Jolie makes humanitarian visit to Baghdad

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has made a humanitarian visit to the capital of Iraq, Baghad.

The Hollywood star visited the country in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Jolie, 32, accompanied the U.S State Department on the trip to learn about the plight of 4m displaced Iraqis.

"There's lots of goodwill and lots of discussion, but there seems to be just a lot of talk at the moment, and a lot of pieces that need to be put together.

"I'm trying to figure out what they are," Jolie said on CNN.

"What happens in Iraq and how Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East.

"And a big part of what it's going to affect, how it settles, is how these people are returned and settled into their homes and their community and brought back together and whether they can live together and what their communities look like.

"It's in our best interest to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale because displacement can lead to a lot of instability and aggression."

During her trip Jolie dined with U.S troops stationed within the Green Zone, met General David Petraeus, the top U.S commander in the country, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi migration officials.

By Owen Williams, Feb 07 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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