Angelina Jolie has stood up to cancerous genes, rumors of too much brotherly love, and Billy Bob Thornton.
So, of course, she can master diplomacy at the U.N.!
The actress, who has been involved with the United Nations for over a decade and now serves as a Special Envoy to the High Commissioner for Refugees, appeared before the Security Council in New York yesterday, urging the organization to increase its efforts to end rape in war-torn countries like Syria and The Congo.
From her seat next to the diplomat from Guatemala, Angelina told the Council:
Tags: angelina jolie, charity, rape, security council, special envoy, u.n., united nations, war zone
Angelina Jolie is more than one of the biggest movie stars in the world. She's also a citizen of the world.
As the United Nations' Special Envoy, Angelina traveled to Lebanon on Wednesday. She met with government officials, Syrian refugees, and their nationless children.
The mother of six spoke to several families who, fearful of being killed in the crossfire of a bloody civil war, had left their men behind in order to cross the border from Syria safely. She said:
"I was moved to meet Syrian families in homes where they are welcomed and protected… They lost so much."
Angelina and the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres praised the Lebanese government for granting asylum to the fleeing Syrians and called on other countries to do the same.
We are so proud of Angie's efforts. And we can only hope that one day the children of Syria grow up knowing only peace.
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
Tags: angelina jolie, children, civil war, lebanon, refugee, special envoy, syria, united nations, violence