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Angelina thanks KRG for support to Syrian refugees

Angelina met up with Safin Dizayee who is Kurdistan Regional Government’s Spokesperson, more information about the meeting below.

The UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, along with UNCHR’s senior team in Iraq, visits Erbil and is received by H.E. Safin Dizayee, the KRG’s Spokesperson and the chief of staff of the KRG’s Prime Minister.

Safin Dizayee, on behalf of the Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and KRG, welcomed the delegation and thanked Ms. Jolie for her continued attention to the misery of the displaced people hosted in Kurdistan Region. He said that the KRG appreciates her continued visits to Kurdistan to closely see the situation of the internally displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan Region.

Mr. Dizayee briefed the delegation about the current situation in the Kurdistan Region including the humanitarian crisis of the IDPs and refugees, the economic, financial crisis and the aftermath of ISIS war and its impact on the entire communities as well as the role of the Peshmerga forces in fighting the ISIS during the last four years. Additionally, Mr. Dizayee highlighted the KRG’s humanitarian policy and the importance of more cooperation and coordination between the KRG, UN-Agencies and international community to support and provide better civic services to the displaced people.

Ms. Jolie thanked the Kurdistan Regional Government and the People of Kurdistan for hosting such a large number of the displaced people and continuing to support them. She said that the Kurdistan Region has played a very good role in supporting these vulnerable people and is a model for this kind of humanitarian assistance.

She assured the KRG that she will continue to convey the plight of the displaced people to the attention of the international community to encourage more support to Kurdistan Region.

Then, both sides, exchanged views and ideas on how to strengthen cooperation and coordination between KRG, UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies to build back the life of displaced people better before the buildings. UNHCR and KRG agreed to continue such dialogue to find creative initiatives beyond material support to assist the displaced people until the conditions are met so that they return to their place origin voluntarily with respect and dignity.

Currently Kurdistan Region is hosting 1.4 million IDPs and Refugees; 97% of the Syrian refugees in Iraq in which 37% live in 9 camps while others live in the host communities and 40% of the internally displaced Iraqis, whom 81% live with the host communities and the rest live in 30 camps across the region.

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Angelina calls for investment for Syrian refugees

Angelina went to the Domiz Camp, set in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq close to the border to Syria. She meet refugees who lives in the camp and she held a press conference which you can view in the video below.

The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie says.

The Hollywood actress was visiting the Domiz Camp, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which is home to 33,000 Syrian refugees displaced by seven years of civil war.

Funding received by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help refugees from the Syrian conflict fell sharply this year from 2017 when the agency received only 50 per cent of the funds it needed, Jolie told a news conference on Sunday.

“There are terrible human consequences. When there is even not the bare minimum of aid, refuge families cannot receive adequate medical treatment. Women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school, and we squander the opportunity to invest in refugees,” she said.

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Angelina visits refugees in Mosul, Iraq

Angelina Jolie visits Mosul, urges world not to forget the people of the city and warns of the danger of delay in reconstruction and recovery

UNHCR Special Envoy meets families who survived years of terror and displacement and who are now striving to rebuild their homes and lives.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today visited West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation in June and July 2017. The visit marked Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Jolie walked among the bombed-out buildings that line the narrow streets of the Old City and met displaced families to discuss efforts to rebuild the city and the needs of the returning population.

West Mosul was held captive by ISIS for three years. The combat operation to re-take the city was the largest and longest urban battle since World War II, and the wreckage reminiscent of Dresden. Civilians faced aerial bombardment, artillery barrage, cross-fire, snipers, and unexploded ordnance. Hundreds of thousands of people were subjected to siege-like conditions, used as human shields or targeted as they fled the city. Large swathes of West Mosul were flattened. Many residents are now slowly returning, to scenes of complete destruction. Like residents of other former ISIS strongholds, they have suffered nearly unprecedented levels of psychological trauma.
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At the American Society Of Cinematographers Awards

Angelina was honoured with the “ASC Board of Governors Award” for her contributions to cinema at the American Society Of Cinematographers Awards last night and people have been posting positively about her speech but we are yet to find a video of it. View her lovely and inspiring speech below!

“I’m grateful that I have never been made to feel like a female director, but that my job was to be a good director.”

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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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