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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon, calls for end to violence


Actress Angelina Jolie visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon Wednesday as part of a regional tour to draw attention to their plight.

“I was very moved today to meet again with the Syrian families and to meet them here – not in a camp but in homes where they are welcomed and protected,” Jolie said during a news conference at the Grand Serail following a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Jolie toured border towns in the Bekaa and visited the homes of several refugees and their hosts. She was accompanied by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, who also attended the meeting with Mikati.

Jolie’s role as U.N. special envoy entails touring Syrian refugee communities in an attempt to highlight their hardships and increase international support for them.

Wearing a flowing taupe robe, Jolie said she was particularly moved by an encounter with three Syrian women and their children who made the crossing into Lebanon alone. Joile also visited schools and shelters where refugees are staying.

“The Lebanese people themselves are dealing with their own problems,” she said. “It is all the more meaningful that they are so generous and so kind, and I hope the world acknowledges that.”

There are over 66,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are registered or awaiting registration. Local aid organizations say there are likely tens of thousands more who have not sought aid with UNHCR – they estimate there are over 90,000 refugees in the country.
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