We can’t imagine what it would be like to witness the outcome of the tragic events that are happening in the middle east in person.
Angelina Jolie is trying to raise awareness for the people of Iraq by using every media platform possible.
Not only did she publicly call out the world via television during her visit to a Kurdish refugee camp in Iraq last week, she documented the stories she heard through an op-ed written for the New York Times.
The loving mother of six wrote about what she saw and heard when she visited the camp.
“I HAVE visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now.
I came to visit the camps and informal settlements where displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are desperately seeking shelter from the fighting that has convulsed their region.
In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted. Within Iraq itself, more than two million people have fled conflict and the terror unleashed by extremist groups. These refugees and displaced people have witnessed unspeakable brutality. Their children are out of school, they are struggling to survive, and they are surrounded on all sides by violence.
For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories. I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.”
In the rest of her piece, St. Angie went on to briefly retell the sad stories that were told to her by the Iraqi people.
The 39-year-old went on to pen statistics of how many people have left their country to find refuge from the tragic acts of terror.
Hopefully with all this publicity from Angelina’s trip, she’s able to help these people out by bringing more awareness to their situation.
To read the rest of Angie’s op-ed from the New York Times, CLICK HERE.
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