Brad and Angelina Donate to Somali Relief

October 10, 2011 By:
Brad and Angelina Donate to Somali Relief

Because they can’t adopt the entire country, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated nearly half a million to the children of Somalia. Then Angelina gave them all faux-hawks.

Through the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Brad and Angelina donated $340,000 to the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid. The organization helps to care for mothers who have been displaced from war. Specifically, this money will allow for the expansion of the Badbaado camp in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Mohamed Dahir, a spokesperson for the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid, explains that the camp takes in about 300 women and children each day.

There’s a ton of disaster, tragedy and war going on in Somalia, and thank god for celebs, otherwise a big chunk of the population would have no idea. Here are some numbers to put it into perspective: 29,000 children under the age of five have died due to drought and famine in Somalia. 75,000 people are at risk of starving to death within the next few months, according to the United Nations. The famine is Somalia is the worst the country has experienced in 60 years.

In the past few years, Jolie has spent time with a lot of the Somali refugees running from the war and famine ravaged area to protect themselves and their children. Jolie says of her experience:

“I'm so grateful - I don't want to cry - to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with. From them I've learned so much. I've learned to be a better person, a better mother. They've inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit."

All the troubles in Somalia have a lot of celebs saying the F word. Recently a batch of celebs got together to release a PSA to bring attention to the famine-inducing drought in the country.

George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Rob Lowe, and Colin Farrell are just a few stars who lent their name to the PSA. The campaign was organized by anti-poverty advocacy group, ONE, and is titled, “The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity.”

Clooney says in the ad: “Thirty thousand children have died in just three months.”

“There are things that can be done, and if we really believe the life of a child in East Africa is worth the same as the lives of our own children, we have to act,” U2 star Bono explains.