Angelina Jolie moved by horrific Syrian stories

Sep 12, 2012, 07:39 IST | Agencies

Her eyes welling up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said on Tuesday she heard 'horrific' and 'heartbreaking' accounts from Syrian refugees who fled the civil war in their country to find shelter in a camp just across the border in Jordan.

The UN refugee agency’s special envoy spoke as she visited the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict that has so far claimed at least 23,000 lives, according to activists.

Helping hand: Angelina Jolie visits the Zaatari refugee camp near the Jordanian border with Syria. Pic/AFP

“I am very concerned, the world is very concerned,” Jolie said during her high-profile visit aimed at focusing international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and attracting more funding to help them.

“What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them.”

“What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific,” she said, adding that the children’s stories were especially moving. Jolie also met separately with Syrian refugee women.

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