Actress, EU aid chief announce new support for Syrians

A public service announcement for World Refugee Day featuring U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie runs in Times Square in New York. Photo by: B. Penner / UNHCR

Two women of power marked World Refugee Day with new financial support for Syrian refugees.

During her visit to a refugee camp in Turkey, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva announced €10 million ($12.7 million) in humanitarian aid for Syrians affected by the violence in the country.

The money will cover refugees inside and outside Syria. It will be coursed through a number of organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie donated $100,000 to UNHCR, also on Wednesday (June 20). The money will aid the agency in its work for Syrian refugees.

The violence in the country has forced Syrians to leave their homes, with some crossing to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. It has also led the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria to suspend its activities in the country, pending review.

Mission chief Robert Mood has laid out two conditions for the resumption of the monitors’ activities: “significant” reduction in violence, and commitments from both the government and the opposition to the observers’ safety and freedom of movement. He made the statement after reporting Tuesday (June 19) to the U.N. Security Council.

The Council has yet to decide whether to extend the mission’s mandate, which is set to expire July 20.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.