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Angelina Jolie visits refugees on Syria-Jordan border


UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp on December 6, 2012 outside of Mafraq, Jordan. Since her last visit to the region in September, the number of refugees in the region has increased by more than 200,000 and in Jordan alone by nearly 50,000.



Angelina Jolie traveled to Jordan on Wednesday night to meet Syrian refugees who live at the Za'atri refugee camp.

"What I saw last night is a dramatic example of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been uprooted by the fighting and are in a desperate search for safety," said Jolie on Thursday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

"Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians," she said.

This is the second trip the actress and UNHCR special envoy has taken to the region in three months, according to USA Today. During that time, the number of registered refugees in the region has increased by more than 200,000.

"I'm sickened by how long and how bloody this conflict has become, devastating a nation and the lives of millions of innocent civilians, and threatening to destabilize the entire region," said Jolie, according to the UNHCR. "I call on the international community to do everything possible to find a solution to this tragedy and support the struggling humanitarian operations both inside Syria and in Jordan and the other surrounding countries."

E! Online noted that over the last ten years, Jolie has traveled to refugee camps in Iraq, Haiti, Syria and Pakistan on behalf of the UNHCR.

MTV UK reported on Sunday that Jolie confirmed that she would put her humanitarian work and family above acting. "I wake up in the morning and turn on the TV like everyone else and I see what is happening in the world," she told Channel 4 News in the UK. "I want to be a part of the world in a positive way."

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