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Angelina Jolie: US Should Step Up Iraq Humanitarian Support

The US should step up its material and financial support to the 4 million displaced Iraqis, Angelina Jolie wrote yesterday in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Angelina, a UN goodwill ambassador, appealed to US congressional leaders and presidential candidates to include as part of their Iraq strategy a comprehensive and specific refugee plan. She pointed out that the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) has asked for $261 million in funding, less than the US spends each day in Iraq.

As for the surge, Angelina wrote that during her visit to Iraq, international humanitarian workers told her that they felt that recent conditions in Iraq have allowed them to step up their programs. Angelina implored Americans:

"It seems to me that now is the moment to address the humanitarian side of this situation. Without the right support, we could miss an opportunity to do some of the good we always stated we intended to do."

It's wonderful that Angelina is drawing attention to the refugee crisis. As she argued, millions of homeless and jobless Iraqis in the heart of the Middle East could have grave security repercussions. Do you think the US must keep the troop levels high in order to improve the humanitarian situation?


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