Angelina Jolie visited victims' camps in her role as UN goodwill ambassador
Angelina Jolie has travelled to Pakistan to meet victims of the recent floods, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for their plight.
The Hollywood star arrived in the country on Tuesday and met Afghan refugees whose camp near the town of Nowshera in the north east was totally destroyed by the floods.
She has visited several camps in the area in her role as UN goodwill ambassador, where she went out of her way to speak to women and children.
Angelina said she had met many people whose lives were ruined by the recent flooding, including mothers who had lost their children and an elderly couple who may never be able to rebuild their home.
‘I am very moved by them and I hope that I am able to, today and tomorrow, be able to do something to help bring attention to the situation for all of the people in need in Pakistan,’ she said.
‘From what I understand, the situation is on a scale we have not really seen. It’s on a huge scale.’
The actress, 35, wore a long black and red embroidered cloak, which covered her head, and a long sleeved top to comply with the region’s religious values.
The floods started in July after heavy monsoon rains and have killed more than 1,700 people. It’s believed another 21m have been affected by five weeks of flooding and will need emergency aid to survive.
UN officials hope Angelina’s visit will focus the world’s attention on the needs of Pakistan’s flood victims and help raise much-needed funds.
‘We need more well-known figures who can keep the spotlight and focus because people tend to forget internationally,’ said Ajay Chhibber, a UN assistant secretary general.
The UN has, so far, raised less than two-thirds of its $460m target and donations are now at a standstill.
‘If we don’t raise the money then people will die – it’s as simple as that,’ added UN spokesman Maurizio Guiliano.
Angelina herself has donated $100,000 (£65,000) to the cause – almost twice as much as the country’s own president.
‘These people displaced by the floods, all their homes washed away. Many of them lost their children during the floods,’ she said, visibly moved during her visit.
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