CAPTION: Angelina Jolie - a UN goodwill ambassador - has gotten a firsthand look at the plight of conflict refugees stranded in the desert near the Syrian-Iraqi border during a surprise visit to the region. (Aug. 29)
Angelina Jolie - getting a first-hand look at life for conflict refugees stranded in Iraq and Syria.
Jolie visited refugees stranded in the desert near the Syrian-Iraqi border during surprise visits to the countries Monday and Tuesday. The UN Commission for Refugees says Jolie - a goodwill ambassador for the agency - also met with refugees at this center in Damascus.
Jolie was quoted as saying that her visit aimed to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis there.
12-hundred refugees are stranded at the Al-Waleed camp near the Iraqi border.
Iraqis are allowed to enter and settle in Syria. But Palestinian residents of Iraq are mostly barred from entering the country - leaving them stranded at the border.
During her trip, Jolie also met separately with U.S. troops in the area.
Jolie's worked with the UNHCR since 2001. In May, a foundation set up by Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt donated one-million dollars to help those affected by the conflict in Sundan's Darfur.