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 http://www.unrefugees.org 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 http://www.unrefugees.org .
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