Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey

June 18th, 2011 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Angelina Jolie Toronto, June 18 (IANS) Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who is the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), paid a visit to Syrian refugees on the country’s border with Turkey.

The actress arrived with boxes of toys and spent two-and-a-half hours with about 1,700 refugees at the site in Altinozu, 20 km from the Syrian border, reports

A large group of children chanted “look who is here” and “welcome, welcome” as they pushed forward to shake Jolie’s hand, a statement said.

“The people in this camp have fled in fear for their lives, and many told me they were distraught about the safety of loved ones still in Syria,” Jolie said in the UNHCR statement.

“I appreciate the opportunity to visit this camp and talk to these families,” she added.

The actress also heaped praise at Turkey for providing shelter to the refugees.

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