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Meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister

While in Jordan Angelina met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and we’ve added an article about it below and you can also view some news segment covering it here and photos in the gallery.

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on Sunday met with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie to shed light on refugee issues, and urged the international community to continue providing necessary support to meet their needs.

The minister acquainted Jolie with the Kingdom’s efforts in presenting humanitarian and development needs to Syrian refugees, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

He highlighted the importance for the international community to continue assisting Jordan in bearing the repercussions of Syrian refugee influx, and offering education, health services and decent living conditions to 1.3 million Syrians in the Kingdom.

Cooperation in providing services is essential to the security of the region and the world, he said, noting that depriving refugees, especially children, of hope and education will pave way for despair and ignorance that will create a breeding ground for extremism.

Hosting refugees and meeting their basic needs will contribute to empowering them to take part in the reconstruction of their country when they are back, Safadi stressed.

For her part, Jolie commended the Kingdom’s humanitarian stance and efforts in helping refugees despite all economic challenges.

She called on the international community to continue bearing its responsibilities towards the Kingdom and providing the necessary support to help Jordan provide refugees’ needs.

Safadi and Jolie agreed to continue cooperation between the Kingdom and the commission, which provides basic services to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

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Angelina visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan

Angelina visited the Zaatari Camp in Jordan today to meet Syrian refugees again. She had a shorter press conference there and later she was talking and meeting people. Below you can read her speech on such an important cause and also view a video and photos. You can view several videos in the video archive.

Remarks in Zataari Camp, as delivered:

“It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as the war enters its eighth year.

We in UNHCR are deeply grateful to the Jordanian people, for their generosity and humanity towards the victims of the conflict.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq now host nearly 5 ½ million Syrian refugees between them.

They really are an example to the world, at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply.

We should be under no illusions that this is a crisis that has been out of control for years.

UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most basic necessities for survival for many families:

Last year, the UNHCR response for the Syria crisis was only 50 per cent funded.

And so far in 2018, it is only 7 per cent funded.

There is nothing more devastating for UNHCR staff than not to be able to give people the help they need and deserve.

After seven years of war, most Syrian refugees have exhausted any savings they had.

The vast majority of them already live below the poverty line, on less than three dollars a day.
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