Angelina Tours Iraqi Camps

UN Goodwill Ambassador sees some improvement for displaced Iraqis
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2009 4:45 PM CDT
Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks with a displaced boy at a makeshift camp northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, July 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Boris Heger)
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(Newser) – Angelina Jolie visited a refugee camp near Baghdad today, part of her duties as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, People reports. While visiting one displaced family, she asked if they wished to return to their home. "No way," said one daughter, in a reminder of the violence that still plagues Iraq. “Our neighbors returned and their three daughters were killed.”

"The picture in this camp is a rough one, but there are also some people that were able to return home to other safer areas," Jolie told People. "There are returns of displaced people, not a big number but there is progress. This is a moment where things seem to be improving, but Iraqis need a lot of support and help to rebuild their lives."