Is there anything Angelina Jolie can't do? Fresh from directing the inspirational movie Unbroken, the star is using her high profile to call attention to a truly worthy cause.
The United Nations special envoy just visited Iraq for the fifth time, and met with displaced Iraqis and refugees from Syria who are living in camps. In an impassioned op-ed for the New York Times, Jolie says she was "speechless" at the level of misery she witnessed on this trip.
Jolie met a mother whose daughter was taken by ISIS, a 13-year-old rape victim, and a family of orphans led by their 19-year-old brother. All the refugees she met were living in ramshackle tents with minimal food, and they all had seen brutality beyond anyone's imagination.
"Nothing prepares you for the reality of so much individual human misery," she writes, "for the stories of suffering and death, and the gaze of hungry, traumatized children."
In her rousing editorial, Jolie calls upon the international community to step up humanitarian aid, and to work to end the crisis in Syria. "The plain fact is we cannot insulate ourselves against this crisis," she writes. "At stake are not only the lives of millions of people and the future of the Middle East, but also the credibility of the international system."
While in Iraq, she also gave a powerful speech about the urgent need for action, and pleaded for more funding for refugees. "The international community is failing," she said. Watch below, and read her Times editorial here.
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