USA for UNHCR releases Angelina Jolie's 'Cambodia Journal'

Oct 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Association for the United
 Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (USA for UNHCR), a charity based in
 Washington, DC, today released the "Cambodia Journal" kept by Ms. Angelina
 Jolie during her recent trip there on behalf of UNHCR.  The full text is
 available on the organization's website at under
 the featured item "Angelina in Cambodia."
     "The journal is an intimate portrait of one woman's experiences among
 relief workers and resettled refugees in Cambodia," says USA for UNHCR
 Executive Director Jeffrey Meer.  "Ms. Jolie's sensitive portrayal of the work
 of UNHCR staff, along side those of other agencies, is heartfelt and frank.
 She clearly reached out and touched both the aid workers and their clients
 during her visit."
     Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visited Cambodia during July 16
 - 27, 2001.  She was accompanied on her trip by UNHCR staff, and visited UNHCR
 offices in Phnom Penh as well as various field operations throughout Cambodia.
 As well, she visited several of the agencies that work in partnership with
 UNHCR, helping Cambodians return to productive lives.
     "Angelina Jolie is a humanitarian, who cares deeply about refugees," says
 Meer.  "She kept this journal, in part because of her desire to help others
 understand what refugee life is like, in part to educate about the way
 landmines endanger millions of people around the world, and in part to further
 understanding about UNHCR's lifesaving work."
     Angelina Jolie's previous trip to Africa on behalf of UNHCR -- Cote
 D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania -- was also chronicled in a journal also
 available at USA for UNHCR's website.  USA for UNHCR plans to release Ms.
 Jolie's journals for other trips, as they become available.  "We think this is
 one of the best ways for a lay person to gain an understanding of what relief
 work is like," says Meer.  "When you read through these pages, you get a sense
 of what it's like to be there in the trenches."
     The journal, including photographs, is the property of Ms. Jolie.  It may
 not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without her express written
     Angelina Jolie became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Geneva,
 Switzerland on August 27, 2001.  UNHCR is a 50-year-old agency of the United
 Nations that has twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
     USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, based in Washington, DC.  It was
 founded in 1989, and accepts private donations that are used to support
 UNHCR's work.  The organization also builds understanding about the work of
 UNHCR and the plight of refugees worldwide.
     USA for UNHCR's website address is .
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