UN's Jolie visits Palestinian orphans

Hollywood actress and UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie has paid a Christmas visit to Palestinian orphans living in refugee camps in Lebanon.

    Palestinian refugee children have lived under the spectre of war

    She was accompanied by her four-year-old adopted son.

    The 29-year-old Academy award winner and star of the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider wanted to meet refugee children and introduce her Cambodian-born son, Maddox, to those less advantaged than himself, an aid official said on Friday.

     

    Jolie, an ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has already visited crisis-torn Darfur in Sudan and refugee camps in Thailand.

     

    In 2003, she visited Sudanese refugees near Cairo, Egypt, with a host of Egyptian actors, including famed comedian Adil Imam.

     

    Checked into an exclusive Beirut hotel under a false name in a bid to shun the parapazzi, Jolie refused to talk to the press.

     

    About 400,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon deprived of basic rights in squalid camps - a legacy of the 1948 establishment of the state of Israel that caused a mass exodus of Palestinians to neighbouring countries.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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