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Angelina Visits Refugee Camps in Thailand, Issues Plea

Angelina Jolie Visits Refugee Camps in Thailand, Issues Plea

After bringing the whole family to Japan last week, Angelina took a detour before heading home. As part of her UNHCR United Nations Human Rights work, she traveled to Thailand to pay a visit to the camps filled with Myanmar refugees, some who have been there for their entire lives. Angelina sat down to talk to refugees, including teenage girls and young women very scared about what their future holds. Today Angelina released a plea to the government of Thailand to allow the refugees the ability to leave camps and move more freely in the area. She said of the people she met,

"I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp . . . With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self reliant."

There are currently 110,000 registered refugees in the nine camps, and at this point, they are not allowed to leave the camps. This is about as far away as you can get — in so many ways — from the Oscar red carpet she'll be walking in just a few weeks, but from Angelina Jolie we expect nothing less and know her real passion lies in her UN work. For more about the situation in Myanmar, visit

Photo courtesy UNHCR

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
It still astounds me that people criticize her for her humanitarian work. Not EVERYTHING she does is PR, I know it's hard to believe :oy: I know some of you hate her, but can't give credit where credit is due? I commend her humanitarian work. And she looks lovely in that photo, very natural.
amandahugginkiss amandahugginkiss 8 years
"Besides, she's Angelina and she can do no wrong." funniest post EVER!!!! god, the adoration this woman gets is mind boggling...
Ministr2Refugees Ministr2Refugees 8 years
I think it is not only good PR for AJ but also for the refugees in Thailand. Currently, this is largest refugee resettlement group coming to the states, but not many communities know that there are refugees living in their community. The primary ethnic name group is Karen and they are some of the most loving people. Yes, they have been living in the camps for a long time, some for all their life. But what is more sad is when they move to America and are treated worse than when they lived in the camps. Imagine leaving a place where all of your family and friends live, going to a place where you do not know anyone or the language. You have never worked a day in your life (because the camps don't allow it) and now you must find a job and take on responsibilities like paying bills and trying to understand public transportation. All they need is a little more community support and proper education. AJ (and those who read this), you can do just as much for this refugee community within the states, and they are all over. The largest refugee community from Thailand is living in St. Paul, MN (2,000+). Other cities are Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta, Richmond, Utica, Charlotte.
nygurl nygurl 8 years
I'm an AJ fan. I've always thought she had good acting chops. I'm a bigger fan now that she's matured because I think it takes greater effort to be an actress+mother+humanitarian than it is being a freaky wild child starlet. I'm continually surprised when I read comments that she's doing it all for publicity because as one post here mentioned (wassup Mar) she lives a very privileged life - so for her to take on being a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and have the commitment to help the needy, is in my book, commendable. I'm sure there are a lot of wealthy people who donate a lot of money to charities, but to actually visit third world countries, refugees, and come face to face with poverty, disease, and sadness takes a lot of courage and heart. Needy people benefit from what she's doing and that's truly admirable.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
surprisingly i have something nice to say about her. i really do like that she goes to places that don't always get the 'big press' so that our eyes are opened a bit more on what it's like living in other places around the world. i hope that she's able to continue to make an impact, and not just tell stories to us.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I think its great that she does this.
jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
lol, checking back in on this one to see how much **** I'd catch from people who don't and will never know her...she'll never get to pat any of you (admirers and avid defenders) on the back so let people's opinions be their opinions :)
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I dislike Angelina Jolie and sometimes even Brad Pitt, but good for them for helping people. Good for anyone who risks their life or health just to bring attention to what is happening here and in other countries.
Well people need to really see who Angelina is trying to help for thing. Thats the most important thing. The refugees and children are the people Angelina are trying to help and that should be the focus when Angelina does work like this. Its shouldn't turn it to "Why IS Angelina helping these people?" It shouldn't even matter...point is she is and does.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
of course she can do wrong.. she did admittedly for her wild years.. she was a mess. But I think it is admirable when someone makes a positive change in their lives and turns a bad situation into an opportunity for growth.. you don't have to be a saint to do good things for others.. and not everyone steal others husbands/wives.. though HW has a higher ratio then non HW.. and has technically yet to be proven in this case...but that's another story. They still claim they started a relationship other than friendship after he separated from Jen and that the fell in love during the movie was a reference to the re-shoots they did after they separated.. could be true. They did do reshoots after Brad and Jen separated in March just before the divorce proceedings began officially and before the photos of them on the beach in Africa in April.. but whatever.. she has always been a polarizing celeb.. you either hate her or..not.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
love people need to see what, that boogles my mind.
j25 j25 8 years
People are catty, Sica. They say they hate her because she stole Aniston's husband. So what? Everybody does it, right? Besides, she's Angelina and she can do no wrong.
Sica Sica 8 years
Viva Angie! She's a beautiful woman, a great actress, great mother, so...Why people hate her?
Sica Sica 8 years
That's why I LOVE you Ima! :medal:
soulkey soulkey 8 years
I admire her for her dedication, as for media manipulation to get attention, there are plenty of easiest, less dangerous way to stay in the news... i don't know she could have stayed in the US and pose nude in a controversial spreadshit like the **** or goes every day in the park for hours wh*ring kids in the latest mini fashonista outfits. I am sure it would have been easier and more effective to stay in the news...just saying. Not to mention, that indeed, those 6000+ professionals who vote are influenced by someone going abroad on humanitarian trip to third world country to lend an Oscar...It makes perfect sense, just saying
Thanks for that Ima. People just need to see it. :)
eveday eveday 8 years
I really admire her for doing this :)
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
And what is the point of attempting to use her humanitarian work for PR for movies when she has purposely turned down offers and will only commit to film one movie this year? So is this PR stunt aimed at audiences who will watch the movie she hasn't even started filming? Her humanitarian work garners no votes for her through the academy.. so it is not an Oscar manipulation. So.. I guess she decided to leave the 6 kids and fly into Thailand to visit refugees as part of her position with UNHCR just because she was jealous that Jennifer might have a sound byte being one of many supporting female actress' in a movie being released this week? WOW.. that a lot of work and risk for that to be the cause.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
wildflower.. you can check out the website..for the Maddox Jolie Pitt Project which is fully funded by the Jolie Pitt Foundation and continuing to expand the Millennium Village, school, clean water initiative, soybean farms, elephant migratory paths, Asian tiger sanctuary, clear mines..etc. Jolie has built roads, schools, hospitals, farms, factories for soy milk so that the villagers can develop their farms and turn it into soy milk to be self sustaining.. she hired people to be park rangers and enforce the protection of animals in the sanctuary.. she funds and manages manage the water-conservation projects and the soil-conservation projects and the biomass-for-fuel projects and everything else that she has so far been paying for out of her own pocket. plus the $500,000 for the Armed Service YMCA Operation Hero Program and $500,000 will go to groups dealing with Iraqi women and children struggling to learn – or simply survive (Women for Women International; The International Rescue Committee).. Then add the $2 million dollar AIDS and Tuberculosis clinic and the school she built in Ethiopia.. that is in addition to the many monetary donations she makes throughout the year to.. Afghanistan Relief Organization, Alliance For The Lost Boys, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Clinton Global Initiative, Daniel Pearl Foundation, Direct Change, Doctors Without Borders, Global Action for Children, Human Rights Watch, Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Kids in Need of Defense, Millennium Promise Alliance, Millennium Villages, ONE Campaign, Peace One Day, Reporters Without Borders, Sophie's Gift, UNICEF, UN Millennium Project,Yéle Haiti Foundation, African Children's Choir, Ante Up For Africa, Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Canada, Child Find Ontario, Cure Autism Now, DATA, Direct Change, Donate Life America, EB Medical Research Foundation, Global Green, Human Rights Watch, Make It Right, Make Poverty History, Mineseeker Foundation, Not On Our Watch, ONE X ONE, Project A.L.S., Right To Play, Solar Neighbors Program and the World Food Program. Also if you go to UNHCR site and look at her field missions going all the way back to 2000.. on every mission not only did she pay her own way but she donated to the special needs of each location or directly to the UNHCR program responsible for providing relief to that camp or area. .
Idalia Idalia 8 years
Hmmmm no movies to promote, so lets get some publicity!!! I personally believe in her humanitarian work but I also think she is using it for her own gain. After all according to the NY times she is the master of media manipulation.
j25 j25 8 years
It is great what she does and I'm sure she's inspired many people so far. And Love Angelina, it's a shame Angie doesn't read your posts.If she did, she would hire you as her publicist. Seriously!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
love i dont think anyone on this site is jealous either. amanda lol very true.
I didn't call any one a hater or jealous. There are some who are though Pink. LOL and I am not jealous of any celebrity...despite the comment I may leave.
amandahugginkiss amandahugginkiss 8 years
don't like her. don't need her to tell me what is going on in the world. sad that people can't pick up a foreign paper or go online to find out what's happening to the poor and disadvantaged...
azh azh 8 years
JOLIE TEAM all the way... humanitarian work is what we should learn everyday... not gossip, not fashion, not that kind of crap that`s useless to all of us ..
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