Angelina Jolie Syrian Refugee Camp 2018
Angelina Jolie Visited Syrian Refugees and Brought Her Daughters Along
Angelina Jolie is well known for her humanitarian work. As an official UNHCR Special Envoy, the 42-year-old actress often volunteers time and money, as well as delivers addresses on the causes closest to her heart.
Now, the A-list star is passing her humanitarian interests down to her children, and she introduced her two eldest daughters to Syrian refugees this week.
With 11-year-old Shiloh and 13-year-old Zahara in tow, Angelina headed to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees arriving at the border.
#AngelinaJolie spoke at a press conference during a visit to Jordan's Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees on Sunday (Jan. 28) ❤️ The mom-of-six, 42, was joined by daughters #ZaharaJoliePitt, 13, and 11-yr-old #ShilohJoliePitt: "My daughters Zahara and Shiloh asked to come with me today. They've spent time today speaking and playing with children their own age who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness, but who at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation" 💔 -------------- #celebritymom #celebritykids #cbmoms #cbkids #momofsix #zaataricamp #syrianrefugees #unitednations #bradpitt
While visiting the Za'atari refugee camp, Angelina spoke to a crowd, saying that "the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today."
"Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found," she continued.
"We should never forget that the war began with demands by Syrians for greater human rights. Peace in their country has to be built on that."
While it was Shiloh's third trip to the refugee camp, it was the first visit for her older sister, Zahara.
The Za'atari camp is the largest settlement in the Middle East and is home to more than 80,000 Syrians. According to UNHCR, there are still more than 6 million people displaced inside of Syria.
Angelina wrapped up her visit by offering an urgent message to the international community: "Yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families and the countries hosting them," she said. "But above all please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless war – without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families. That is non-negotiable."