Thursday, February 5, 2009

Angelina Jolie supports Burmese refugees

Mother Angelina helping plight of world's children (

"Angelina Jolie voices support for Myanmar refugees in northern Thailand camps" (2/05/09)

BAN MAI NAI SOI REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has called on the Thai government to grant Burmese refugees in northern Thailand greater freedom of movement, after spending a day listening to refugees tell of the difficulties they have faced in two decades of living in closed camps.

"I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp," Jolie said after her visit Wednesday to Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, home to 18,111 mainly Karenni registered refugees, just three kms from the Myanmar border, near Mae Hong Son.

"With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self reliant," she said.

The 111,000 registered refugees who live in nine camps in northern Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border are... More>>

"Angelina wants to adopt a baby from Burma to add to her "rainbow" family"
Polly Dunbar (updated 9/24/07)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt want to expand their "rainbow" family by adopting a child from Burma. The couple have enlisted the help of one of the country's leading monks to plan a trip to an orphanage. According to an insider, Angelina, 32, has become "increasingly despondent" about the progress she is making in helping the Third World. More>>
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