Conflict & Justice

Angelina Jolie donates $100,000 to Syrian refugees


U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie visits Libya to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on October 11, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. Jolie was appointed as special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees on April 17, 2012.



Actor Angelina Jolie has donated $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday according to Agence France Presse.

It comes the same day the UN High Commissioner for Refugees warned there is a funding shortfall for Syria's refugees.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said "one month after the United Nations and its humanitarian partners issued an appeal for $84 million to help Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, less than twenty per cent of the funds have been given."

Fleming said "the refugees and the countries hosting them are beginning to show signs of strain. Many refugees arrived with little or no financial resources, so are mostly reliant on the efforts of the host community and organizations dedicated to supporting them."

In a statement marking the donation on World Refugee Day, Jolie said "the solutions to the world's growing number of displaced people were political as well as humanitarian," reported AFP.

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"The international community should rededicate itself to preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more quickly," she said.

Jolie is a special envoy of the UNHCR and has been working with the agency since 2001.

In her work with the UNHCR, Jolie has made over 40 field visits to conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan, according to Reuters and has personally donated over $5 million to build schools in Kenya and Afghanistan.

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