17 November 2018

Angelina Jolie visits Iraq on UN trip - Photo

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Angelina Jolie is continuing her humanitarian work overseas. informs citing ET online.

The 43-year-old actress paid a visit to West Mosul in Iraq on Saturday as part of her trip with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie was visibly emotional as she walked through city's destruction nearly one year after it was liberated from ISIS occupation.

“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR," she said in front of the ruins of al-Nuri Mosque. "People here have lost everything: their homes are destroyed. They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble. After the unimaginable trauma of the occupation, they are now trying to rebuild their homes, often with little or no assistance."

“I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this. But that is what the people of this city are doing. They are grief-stricken and traumatized, but they are also hopeful. They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other," she added. "But they need our assistance."

Jolie's trip marked her 61st mission and fifth visit to Iraq with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001.

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