Jolie saddened by Somali refugees’ plight

September 13th, 2009 - 10:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Angelina Jolie London, Sep 13 (IANS) Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie was overcome with emotion during a trip to a refugee settlement in Africa Saturday.
The “Tomb Raider” actress, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, spent a day at the Dadaab refugee camp on the Kenyan border to see the conditions that 285,000 starving Somali refugees live in and could not control her feelings from showing, reports

The camp, built to house just 90,000, was set up to aid people who have escaped the terror of their own country and fled into Kenya.

Jolie, who hopes to bring the plight of the Somali people to the public’s attention, met a number of families at the camp - and was appalled at the way they had to live.

“If this is the better solution, then what must it be like in Somalia? The toilets are already overflowing. There is not even enough space for trash dumps so people are living amongst the garbage,” she said.

“What is amazing is that as more and more people come into the camp, the Somali families continue to be generous with what little they have, even if that means having one eighth of the water they need and their children suffering from dehydration.”

“The Somali families I met today are full of warmth and affection. I wish more people could meet them because then they would have a stronger desire to help,” she added.

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