Angelina Jolie Visits Kurdish Refugee Camp – ‘We Are Failing’

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie visited refugees at a camp for displaced Iraqis on Sunday, January 25 in Khanke, Iraq. She took a tour of the refugee camp, met with refugees and then gave a speech.
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“Since I was last here in Iraq, another two million people have been forced from their homes,” Jolie said at the Khanke Camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Northern Iraq, which was created in December. “Mostly in the last six months – this time Iraqi citizens. Too many innocent people are paying the price of the conflict in Syria and spread of extremism. The international community has to step up and do more. It is not enough to defend our values at home. We have to defend them here, in the camps and in the informal settlements across the Middle East, and in the ruined towns of Iraq and Syria. We are being tested here, as an international community, and so far – for all the immense efforts and good intentions – we are failing.”
Angelina Jolie
Jolie is on an official two-day trip to the Kurdistan region as part of her position as a Special Envoy for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). The camp is populated by tens of thousands of Yazidis and other refugees who have fled their homes in Mosul, which has been invaded by ISIS. More than a million refugees are living in the region as a result of the Syrian civil war and the violence of ISIS.

“Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot all get the urgent help they need and deserve,” Jolie said. “Children whose parents were murdered and are now here unaccompanied – a 19 year old working and being the sole provider for his seven siblings. I have met mothers whose children have been kidnapped by ISIL. As a parent, I couldn’t imagine a greater horror. They are overwhelmed by thoughts of what is happening to their children.

“The spill-over from the Syria conflict has been devastating,” Jolie continued. “The brutality of the conflict and speed and scale of the displacement has shocked the world. Help has come, but not nearly enough.”
Refugees live in makeshift tents and drink tap water from containers that have been donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. More than 3.8 million Syrians have escaped to camps in Iraq and other neighboring countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, according to the UN. As part of her trip, Jolie also traveled to Iraq’s largest Syrian refugee camp, Domiz, which hosts more than 50,000 refugees.

“Too many innocent people are paying the price of the conflict in Syria and spread of extremism,” Jolie said. “I express my deepest sympathy to the family of Haruna Yukawa, the Japanese hostage reportedly murdered in Syria on Saturday, and to all the families and victims of these vile and extreme acts.”

Jolie has visited the Middle East many times as part of her duties as UN Special Envoy.. She visited the Kurdistan region of Iraq in 2012, as well as another refugee camp in Erbil. In addition to the Middle East, Jolie has traveled to Africa, the experiences of which she wrote about in a book, Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador. This latest visit was Jolie’s sixth trip to meet Syrian refugees, whose country has been plagued by a civil war for more than three-and-a-half years.

Angelina Jolie wrote an editorial in the New York Times about her trip
Angelina Jolie Makes Statement on Syrians

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