Angelina Jolie, 37, was presented with a symbolic gift from the Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Sept 17. The UN Goodwill Ambassador was on hand for a tour of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis.
The actress was in Iraq to urge the Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari,
to protect Syrian refugees and to ensure that they had enough supplies,
according to the Washington Post.
What else happened during Jolie’s trip to the Middle East?
Jolie met with the Foreign Minister in Baghdad in just one of many
stops of her solidarity tour for the UNHCR. She met with many displaced families, even some orphans, when she visited multiple refugee camps in the area.
“I am grateful to Jordan and the border countries for saving the
lives (of those) who are dying in Syria. It’s an extraordinary thing. We
encourage the international community to support the people here until
one day they go back home,” she said.
Jolie, who was appointed a special envoy of UN High Commissioner for
Refugees Antonio Guterres in April, travelled to the crisis-stricken
countries with Guterres.