Angelina Jolie calls for more aid for Syrian refugees

Angelina Jolie, special envoy for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees speaks with refugees who have fled Syria at the Jaber border crossing in Jordan on June 18, 2013. Jolie calls for more humanitarian aid for Syrian. Photo by: O. Laban-Mattei / UNHCR

More humanitarian aid for Syria, now.

That call didn’t come from the head of a U.N. agency or an international aid organization, but Angelina Jolie, who met with Syrian refugees on Tuesday in a camp along the Syria-Jordan border.

The Hollywood actress —  appointed UNHCR Special Envoy in 2012 — described the Syrian conflict as “the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century.”

She called on the international community to provide more aid and find a political settlement to the conflict.

“The international response to this crisis falls short of the vast scale of this human tragedy,” she said in a statement released by UNHCR.

The United Nations has just released a few weeks ago a revised appeal for its Syria response plans, asking for over $5 billion.

This is Jolie’s first field visit with UNHCR this year, two days ahead of World Refugee Day. In 2012, she donated $100,000 to UNHCR for the U.N. agency’s work in assisting Syrian refugees.

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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.