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Statement by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie

Angelina posted a statement through UNHCR on the anniversary for the seventh anniversary of the Syrian Crisis, read below.

“Today we mark another shameful milestone in the man-made tragedy that is the Syria conflict.

This is a war that has been waged almost exclusively against civilians, who have been bombed, gassed, besieged, starved, tortured and displaced, for seven interminable years, in the full gaze of the world. Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives have been sacrificed to this senseless conflict.

After seven years of war and atrocities we are beyond excuses. The Syrian refugees I have met are tired of empty promises and sympathetic statements, and rightly so. Everyone can see that the international community is not acting as it should, and that countries with influence in the conflict are putting their perceived interests ahead of international law and the rights of Syrian people, in a way that is nothing short of inhumane. We will be haunted in decades to come by our failure in Syria, as we are by other mass crimes of the recent past.

My thoughts are with Syrian families, who have played no part in the conflict and whose homes, livelihoods and hopes have been destroyed, and with everyone working bravely to save life and alleviate suffering inside Syria, in unimaginably difficult circumstances.

Until there is peace in Syria, we must stay the course in protecting those forced from their homes, wherever they are. This is the least that we can do.

And I call again on the members of the United Nations Security Council acting with other nations to address the roots of the conflict – demanding not only a ceasefire and a diplomatic path out of the crisis, but justice and accountability for monstrous human rights violations committed against the Syrian people.”

Notes to editors:

  • 6.1 million people have been forced from their homes inside Syria and 5.6 million refugees have sought safety beyond Syria’s borders.
  • The conditions faced by civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, with more than two thirds now languishing in extreme poverty. Nine out of ten Syrian families spend more than half of their income on food. The price of food has increased eightfold since the start of the war. Millions of people require urgent assistance.
  • The conditions for millions of Syrians in exile grow more desperate, with the vast majority living below the poverty line. More than three quarters of refugees in urban areas of Jordan and Lebanon are unable to meet their basic food, shelter, health or education needs.
  • Many of Syria’s children know nothing but war, exile and hardship. Out of 1.7 million school-aged Syrian refugees, nearly half are still out of school.
  • In order to meet massive humanitarian needs both inside Syria and in neighboring countries, an increase in support and solidarity by the donor community is urgently required.
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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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Angelina to star in Turkish TV Series

New project for Angelina it seems, will be interesting to get more details about the series so we get to know more about it.

Shooting for the trailer of a new Turkish series called “Hayat Köprüsü” (Bridge of Life), which will feature international stars like actress Angelina Jolie and football player Cristiano Ronaldo, wrapped up in Turkey’s southern Gaziantep province.

The series is planned to last for three seasons, and will tell the story of a Syrian family seeking refuge in Turkey, after fleeing their war-torn country.

Director Eyüp Dirlik said that the project was launched with the slogan “Either you stay there and die, or you come here and live”. Dirlik also gave information about the casting, stating that international celebrities would visit Turkey’s Gaziantep to support the project.

The director announced that his crew was in contact with some international relief agencies, adding that Ronaldo and Jolie were among the big celebrities who wanted to contribute to the project.

The new series is expected to become an international project after the trailer reaches wide audiences and particularly considering the production’s existing contacts with countries across the Middle East.

Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Fatma Şahin said that the series’ plot was gripping, as it would include love, drama, family ties and the struggle for life.

Leading actress Perihan Savaş announced that the actual filming of the series would start this March in Gaziantep.

Expressing her excitement about the new project, Savaş stated that the series could also be seen as a lesson for humanity, telling the lives of Syrian refugees in Gaziantep and the city’s hospitality.

Clip with Angelina narrating and meeting “Syria’s Lost Children”.