USA for UNHCR Releases Angelina Jolie's 'Pakistan Journal'

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 /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 "Pakistan Journal" kept by Ms. Angelina
 Jolie during her August trip there on behalf of UNHCR.  The full text is
 available on the organization's website at under the
 featured item "Angelina in Pakistan."
     "Ms. Jolie's portrayal of life in refugee camps in Pakistan is sensitive
 and timely," said Jeffrey Meer, Executive Director of USA for UNHCR.  "In
 reading her reflections, you gain a perspective on the humanitarian situation
 of refugees fleeing years of conflict in Afghanistan that you don't get from
 reading newspaper accounts."
     Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visited Pakistan during August
 17 through August 26, 2001.  She was accompanied on her trip by UNHCR staff,
 and visited UNHCR offices in Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawer.  As well, she
 visited several of the agencies that work in partnership with UNHCR.
     "Angelina Jolie's commitment to refugees transcends field visits," said
 Meer.  "She has given time, energy, enthusiasm and personal donations to help
 UNHCR accomplish its mission."  In September, Ms. Jolie donated $1 million in
 response to the High Commissioner's appeal to help Afghan refugees in
 Pakistan, Iran and elsewhere in the South Asia region.
     Angelina Jolie's previous trips to Africa and Cambodia on behalf of UNHCR
 were also chronicled in journals available on 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 a unique way people can gain an
 understanding of what relief work is like," says Meer.  "Reading through her
 journals may not be the same as seeing it for yourself, but it is as close as
 you can get without buying a plane ticket."
     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 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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SOURCE U.S. Association for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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