Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

September 11, 2012 By:
Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugee Camp

The Tomb Raider star is playing real life superhero again.

Angelina Jolie has visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. The actress is acting as the U.N. refugee agency's special envoy, listening to the accounts of the displaced civilians and is conveying their stories to the public.

With her hair pulled back tight and wearing simple black sweater, Jolie looked presidential standing before reporters. At a press conference, she welled with emotions, speaking about the refugees’ graphic stories.

"Little children who were asked what they saw described body parts separated and burnt people being pulled apart like chicken. A little 9-year-old girl said that," Jolie said.

The actress was referring to her two-day visit of Jordan’s Zaatari camp, one of several camps run by the U.N. refugee agency.

Every day thousands of Syrians are retreating to the borders of their country that is becoming increasing violent in an uprising against President Bashar Assad. The U.N. is in the process of registering over a quarter of a million refugees as a result of the 17-month conflict.

Jolie’s presence will hopefully shine light on the conflict and bring in more aid for the refugees. For the actress and mom, the personal stories coming out of the country are the most heart wrenching part.

"When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side. `Who is going to help us as the months go on?" she continued.
Jolie added, “What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific.”

According to reports, the camp that Jolie visited currently houses 28,000 people, surviving in sweltering heat and dust-filled winds with dwindling supplies and minimal shelter.

After taking a moment to compose herself, Jolie finished, “They will say, 'As the months go on there will be no more of us, our homes are gone are families are gone.’"