Jolie Returns, Moved, From Afghanistan Trip

Goodwill ambassador visited refugees, urges international aid
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
Afghan refugee Shapera, right, stands with her daughter Deevya near their house in a refugee camp built inside a civil war damaged government building in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
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(Newser) – Angelina Jolie made a trip to Afghanistan last week in her role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, spending two days among the country's returning refugees. The actress visited sites where thousands of Afghans live in makeshift housing and struggle to find work, problems that typify the stress the massive repatriation has had on the region, reports the UNHCR.

"The courage, resilience, and quiet dignity of returnee families rebuilding their lives against the kind of adversity few of us can imagine shows the human spirit at its best," said Jolie. The UNHCR has helped more than 4.2 million Afghans return home following the fall of the Taliban regime. Jolie urged other nations to increase humanitarian assistance before winter sets in.