Video: Hollywood star Jolie urges Syria resolution

Hollywood actress and U.N. refugee agency special envoy, Angelina Jolie, on Thursday called on world leaders to find a resolution to the Syrian conflict during her visit to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

The Zaatari camp, 80 kilometers north east of the capital Amman, is home to more than 160,000 Syrian refugees who fled the conflict in their country.

Jolie was accompanied by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, on a tour through the camp, where they met refugees and listened to the stories of the people who fled Syria.

Jolie's visit coincided with the World refugee Day on June 20, which aims to raise awareness of the situation of refugees around the world.

Speaking at a news conference in the camp, Jolie recounted the difficulties faced by the Syrian refugees.

Some 1.6 million people have poured out of Syria with nothing but the clothes on their back, and more than half of them are children, they have left behind a country, in which million people are displaced, suffering hunger and deprivation, and fear.

Countless women and children have endured rape and sexual violence, a whole generation of children are out of school, and at least 90,000 people have been killed,” Jolie told journalists.

She also appealed to world leaders to find a quick and peaceful solution to the conflict.

“I pray that all parties in the Syrian conflict will stop targeting civilians, and allow access to humanitarian aid. I appeal to the world leaders to please set aside your differences, unite to end the violence, make diplomacy succeed. The U.N. Security Council must live up to its responsibilities,” Jolie said.

“Every 14 seconds, someone crosses Syria's border and becomes a refugee, and by the end of this year, half of Syria's population, 10 million people, will be in desperate need of food, shelter and assistance, so the lives of millions of people are in your hands, and you must find common ground,” she added.

Guterres also called on the international community to step up the humanitarian appeal targeting the crisis.

“My appeal to the international community is to understand that this is not just another crisis, this is something that can't be funded with usual humanitarian aid budgets, this requires a massive effort in support of the suffering Syrian people, and in support of the generous neighbors that are hosting the Syrian refugees,” he said.

Those living in the camps face difficult circumstances on a daily basis, as the officials struggle to keep up with the needs of the continually growing number of Syrians.

Mohammed, who has been in the camp for almost a year, calls upon the international community to facilitate a buffer zone inside Syria.

“We call upon the international community to provide us with a buffer zone for the Syrians, this will solve the problems of the refugee camps. Is it possible that the international community is unable to find a buffer zone and protect Syrians in this zone? We can deal with our own needs under such conditions,” said Mohammed.

Jolie and Guterres also visited the Jordanian-Syrian border area, where they spoke to newly arrived refugees.

Jordan maintains an open border policy, and currently hosts over 500,000 Syrian refugees. The UN estimates that this number could double before the end of the year.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40
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