Saturday, March 5, 2011

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out Again For Refugees

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Angelina Jolie presents education materials to both local Headteacher, Gul Rahman, and young schoolgirls in the village of Qala Gudar, outside Kabul, Afghanistan on March 2, 2011Getty ImagesAccess Hollywood

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Angelina Jolie is speaking out for the people of Libya and Cote d'Ivoire, which is facing a possible civil war.
"As we witness these newest crises unfold in west and north Africa, it is critical that all parties respect the fundamental right of people in danger to flee to safety - whether civilians caught in conflict in their own country or refugees and asylum seekers caught in new conflicts," the actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador said on Wednesday during a trip to Afghanistan. "All I'm asking is that civilians be protected, and not targeted or harmed."

The Oscar winner toured Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday meeting with educators and students in the village of Qala Gudar, outside of the capital. The actress plans to fund a new girls' primary school in the village.

"With these new waves of uprising and conflict, there is and will continue to be massive new displacement. The world needs to address this moment. We have to give people safe passage, evacuation if needed, and ensure they have asylum. We don't want to look back and find their deaths are on our hands," Angelina continued.

The actress urged the international community to consider long-term help for those who have been affected by the civil unrest in the two African nations.
''As the world's attention shifts to the newest refugee crises, we need to remember that if we don't support people in the long term to really get back on their feet - to feed, shelter and educate their families, to earn a living with dignity, and to participate in meaningful ways in their societies - we will see a continued cycle of instability and new crises,'' she said.


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