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Angelina Jolie visits refugees in Jordan, urging the world to do more for them
L’attrice americana Angelina Jolie, inviata speciale dell’Unhcr, ha visitato il campo profughi di Azraq, in Giordania, dove vivono 60mila rifugiati siriani.
“75,000 Syrians are stranded in the berm, a no-man’s land on the Jordanian border, including children, pregnant women, and gravely ill patients. Jordan has been warning for years that they would reach a point that they on their own could do no more. The world has known about the situation for months, but no solution has been put forward”. Angelina Jolie, while visiting Jordan, has denounced once again the harsh conditions in which Syrian refugees fleeing the war are forced to live.
“The world should ask what are the causes of the Syrian conflict”
An example is the Zaatari refugee camp, which has become one of Jordan’s largest cities, with 80,000 people living in it. It’s an area with no streets, buildings or vehicles, but only desperate people waiting to figure out what their destiny is.
Angelina Jolie, special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has talked from the Azraq refugee camp, about 100km north-east of the Jordanian capital Amman. “The world should ask the fundamental question of what are the root causes of the Syrian conflict and what will it take to end it,” said the US actress and activist. “And please,” she addressed world leaders, “put that at the centre of your discussions”.
Jordan has blocked humanitarian aids since June
Jordan has decided to halt all humanitarian aids (as of 21 June) destined to refugees stuck on the border, after a car bomb attack killed 7 soldiers. NGOs managed to provide refugees with humanitarian aids only once since early August, by using drones.
Yet, Angelina Jolie recognised that the situation can’t only be addressed by the Jordanian government, which has been left alone to handle with an unprecedented emergency. In fact, the country has received at least 630,000 Syrians registered at the UNHCR (1.3 million refugees according to local authorities). And international aids, said Abdullah of Jordan, “cover only 35 per cent of total costs”.
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