The actress visited Syrian refugees at a Jordanian military camp as part of her UN special envoy role
Angelina Jolie has returned to work following her double mastectomy by visiting Syrian refugees to mark World Refugee Day.
The actress met the group at a military camp in Jordan near the border with Syria as part of her role as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The day was launched by the UN to recognise refugees who are forced to leave their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
The Oscar-winner, dressed in an all black outfit, toured the camp – Jordan’s largest for Syrian refugees – and met with those who have fled the civil war in Syria and talked to them about their experiences. Angelina also spoke at a press conference at the Zaatari camp, calling the conflict ‘the most acute humanitarian crisis in the world’.
She said: ‘1.6 million people have poured out of Syria, with nothing but the clothes on their back, and more than half them are children. They have left behind a country in which millions of people are displaced, suffering hunger, deprivation and fear.’
The camp visit marks the actress’ first humanitarian work since she announced last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy after discovering that she had inherited a genetic mutation that increases her risk of developing breast cancer.