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Angelina Jolie & Guterres in Turkey/ AFP
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Angelina Jolie speaks & turns spotlight on Syrian Refugees

(DP-News - agencies)

UNHCR- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited Jordan's rapidly expanding Za'atri refugee camp on Thursday to mark World Refugee Day, which each year is commemorated on 20 June.



On the UNHCR’s website, Jolie said reason for the visit was to “show support for Syria’s refugees, to call on the world to address their plight, and to better understand needs in Jordan and other countries” affected by the Syrian conflict. Jolie, 38, listened to the stories of Syrian refugees while taking notes.





Jolie said her a news conference that refugees are "often forgotten and frequently misunderstood," reported CBS News. "[Refugees] are regarded as a burden, as helpless individuals, or as people who wish to move to someone else's country. That is not who they are."

She added that refugees are people "who will one day rebuild their countries, and a more peaceful world for us all."



In the past six months alone, the war in Syria as caused 1.6 million people to flee, reported US magazine.

"The worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century is unfolding in the Middle East today," Jolie said. "The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy. Much more humanitarian aid is needed, and above all, a political settlement to this conflict must be found."



Jolie said by the end of 2013, "half of Syria's population —10 million people — will be in desperate need of food, shelter and assistance."

She added her plea that leaders use diplomatic means to end the Syrian war.

"I appeal to the world leaders — please, set aside your differences, unite to end the violence and make diplomacy succeed," Jolie told reporters.



The world pays attention to Angelina Jolie when she's stepping out with partner Brad Pitt, writing opinion pieces and spurring debate about breast cancer or promoting her latest movie.

Now, she's is hoping to turn that spotlight onto Syria's refugee crisis, press reports said Friday.



Angelina Jolie has been visiting Syrian refugees camps in neighboring countries, and has been urging for ending the conflict in the country.

Nearly 1.7 million Syrians have fled the country's brutal civil war, many living in densely crowded refugee camps in Syria's neighboring countries. Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp, which Jolie visited to mark Thursday's World Refugee Day, was built to house 20,000 refugees but now has more than 120,000.

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