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Angelina Jolie Shares Emotional Message During Visit to Jordan Refugee Camps, References Her Children

by Jackie Willis 8:17 AM PDT, September 12, 2016
Playing Angelina Jolie Shares Emotional Message During Visit to Jordan Refugee Camps, References Her Children

Angelina Jolie made her fourth visit to the refugee camps in Jordan since the conflict in Syria began, and as she spoke about the displaced young people, she couldn't help but think of her own children.

"There are children here who remember no life other than this harsh desert environment and these barbed wire fences," said Jolie, who talked to reporters as a special envoy for the UNHCR on Friday. "Over half of all refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age."

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The 41-year-old actress added, "Like any other parent, it is impossible for me not to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation."

Jolie and husband Brad Pitt have six children together, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

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The Oscar winner is seeking to build awareness about the refugee camps ahead of world leaders gathering at the UN General Assembly in a few days. Her hope is that they address "the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict, and what it will take to end it, are put at the center of the discussion."

Syria has been in a civil war for nearly five years, and has displaced roughly five million refugees, with Jordan hosting more than 600,000 refugees. "After five years, refugees do not want to know by what percentage their lives might be made fractionally more bearable, but when they will be able to go home," Jolie explained. "They do not want to be the passive recipients of aid, they want a political solution."

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"I wish families in Jordan, and across this region, Eid Mubarak," she continued. "And to those for whom it is not a time of joy and celebration, but of exile, grief and hardship –- my thoughts are with you."

Jolie's heroic feats don't stop in Jordan. In March, the Tomb Raider star used her body to shield children from getting crushed by a mob of people that gathered to get a glimpse of her in Greece. Check it out:

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