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Angelina Jolie Speaks Up For Syrian Refugee on UNHCR trip

Angelina Jolie is in Awe After this Stunning Response from a Syrian Mom


Angelina Jolie was back in Lebanon this week where she visited Syrian refugees five years on from a conflict breaking out. The 40-year-old actress - who is mother to six children with husband Brad Pitt - was in Bekaa Valley as a UNHCR Special Envoy where she asked governments to find a solution for the crises.

With more than 4.8 million seeking refuge in Lebanon and beyond - 79% of all Syrian refugees being women and children - one woman in particular stuck out to her on this trip and she revealed exactly why they shouldn't be viewed negatively.

"I spent time this morning with a mother who was paralysed after being shot by a sniper's rifle in a besieged area of Syria. She lies in one room, where she lives with her whole family, in a small, cold, makeshift settlement here in the Bekaa Valley," Angelina shared at a press conference.

"Never once during our discussion did she ask for anything, did she stop smiling, or talk of anything other than her desire for her children to have the chance to go to school and have a better life.

"When I saw her beautiful smile, and her dedicated husband and children looking after her, I was in awe of them. They are heroes to me. And I ask myself, what have we come to when such survivors are made to feel like beggars?"

Angelina added that wishes in the next year big change comes to stop so many people suffering in the Middle East and further afield.

"I also hope that the 15th of March next year will finally herald a Syria at peace, and will be the beginning of a time of returns so that these refugees are able to fulfil their desire to go home. Thank you very much."

Image Source: UNHCR
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