Angelina Jolie Writes Impassioned New York Times Op-Ed About Iraq Trip, Syrian Refugees: “I Was Speechless”


US January 27, 2015 8:30 PM

Days after Angelina Jolie was photographed on a visit to northern Iraq, the Unbroken director has written an impassioned op-ed about her trip for the New York Times. In it, she describes the devastation she witnessed in refugee camps and calls for action to help the millions of displaced Syrians and Iraqis who no longer have a home.
“I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now,” she writes in the op-ed, published by the Times on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
“For many years I have visited camps, and every time, I sit in a tent and hear stories,” she explains. “I try my best to give support. To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance. On this trip I was speechless.”
Angelina Jolie Writes Impassioned New York Times Op-Ed About Iraq Trip, Syrian Refugees: “I Was Times on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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As previously reported, the mom of six visited the Khanke Camp for Internally Displaced People on Sunday, Jan. 25. While there, she spoke with victims of ISIS — some of whom she describes in her Times op-ed.
“What do you say to the 13-year-old girl who describes the warehouses where she and the others lived and would be pulled out, three at a time, to be raped by the men?” the Maleficent star and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees questions. “When her brother found out, he killed himself.”
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She continues: “How can you speak when a woman your own age looks you in the eye and tells you that her whole family was killed in front of her, and that she now lives alone in a tent and has minimal food rations?”
The piece goes on to detail the increasingly dire situation in Syria, noting that neighboring countries “have taken in nearly four million Syrian refugees, but they are reaching their limits.”
With that in mind, Jolie calls upon the international community to take action. “What does it say about our commitment to human rights and accountability that we seem to tolerate crimes against humanity happening in Syria and Iraq on a daily basis?” she asks.
“It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in our institutions,” she writes. “We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.”
Read Jolie’s op-ed in full at the New York Times.

  1. JJMurray
    “To say something that will show solidarity and give some kind of thoughtful guidance.’
    Seriously? Solidarity? Thoughtful guidance? Here’s your problem – once again, like so many Hollywood liberals – you are focusing on the symptom instead of the cause. Refugee camps are HeII Holes – no doubt about it. Bu WHY do they exist? These ones you traveled to exist for one very specific reason – Islamic Terrorists are trying to create their own barbaric country where the abuses you described would not only be common but accepted.
    The way you deal with a problem is you go after the root cause, not the symptoms. Somehow though I don’t see her getting behind an effort to exterminate these monsters through military force. I don’t see her supporting the concept of killing them en masse to eliminate the NEED for these refugee camps.
    Bill W
    Does this mean she has read the koran, understands that is their religion (cult)? That unless she has changed to islam she is an infidel to the and should be killed, or enslaved? Has she converted, and if so, is she going to undergo a clitorectomy (FGM)? I double it, she just wants to spend our tax dollars to help brain washed people so they man continue to kill us. And I am sure she wants to bring all the people to OUR country to “protect” them while they breed like flies and spread their cult.
    james
    “She continues: “How can you speak when a woman your own age looks you in the eye and tells you that her whole family was killed in front of her, and that she now lives alone in a tent and has minimal food rations?”
    Yes, and who to blame, their prophent?
    “”It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in our institutions,” she writes. “We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.”
    Jolie is so far out of it. Wish she’d put on a USA UNIFORM and put some time in the service instead of in front of the camera. So, who is ruining all these places? She isn’t putting the blame where it belongs or maybe she is afraid and using us as scapegoats.
    River Crossing
    …says the moron who can’t spell or use grammar correctly. She knows more about reality than you will ever approach…
    Stopit Shutup
    So, despite the hand wringing, hissy fits, and proclamations to the contrary on the part of Charlie Rose, Chuck Todd, Ben Affleck, Obama, Howard Dean, and all the other pseudo intellectual, amateur Islamic theologians this is the reality of Arab/Pashtun/Persian/Islamic culture. This is the daily reality of a disregard for basic human rights. A disregard for women and children. The asymmetric warfare. The never ending downward spiral of vendettas and violence going on for centuries against one another as well as their global neighbors. Just because this culture is incongruent with the fantasy of Islam that some have in their heads does not negate the reality of this culture.
    None
    We have trouble guaranteeing our own rights and freedom to some of our own, how can we solve the worlds’ problems. Maybe if countries whom were freed from these criminals they would have to agree to paying the bills. The criminals know that the current plan of attacking and freeing costs us money, I am sure we wouldn’t mind so much if we knew these countries were to agree repaying the costs of freedom, we would go right away. First lesson of freedom, it ain’t free. I don’t mean to strangle them in debt, but when I see countries that don’t pay anything back, any pay back plan is better than none. I truly feel sad for all the people who have to deal with this awful situation around the world.
    Big oil profiteer
    its not other peoples problems, yes its terrible, unspeakable and unimaginable, unless you have seen it, been apart of the wars and traveled the world…. but saying that, the world has given trillions of dollars over the past 100 years to Africa and the Middle east, and yet no change, we have helped overthrow dictatorships, tried to put new governments in place and gave aid, and yet all these places are so far behind the rest of the civilized world its crazy. There isn’t enough money to fix that problem, cut the aid off, cut the food off, either they will figure it out and get things going back forward, or starve and die out, either way its a win for the rest of the world
    Mark
    The best way to lead is BY EXAMPLE. Make the USA the nation with the most personal freedoms and the highest standard of living while remaining true to our Constitution and show the rest of the world how it is done right. When people of other nations see a nation that does it right they can demand their leaders take notice and do something similar, that is how you change the world. We can’t force them to change, we can show them a better way… or can we?
    Not exactly what our elected and appointed temporary government employees are doing. EVERY government official or employee is temporary, they have term limits, they get voted out, they retire, they get impeached, they die… they all get replaced. The Constitution is the constant boss. They are dragging us through the mud all over the world and getting us involved in everyone else’s dirty laundry over oil and global political position and expecting us to give up rights and freedoms for them to provide us with safety from all the mess they are creating…. we aren’t much of an example anymore.
    JaxonVI
    she should have visited Iraq when Saddam was in power. I can promise you there was great suffering there then as well. Before Obama left Iraq, life was still difficult. However, when Obama left Iraq life worsened for Iraqi’s .
    William
    , thank your president for the unfinished business – but like he said, the war is over, it’s just that the other side and the people in the middle that don’t know it. They must not get the president’s press conferences on TV.
    RandR
    Whenever I visit London or Paris in during June-September, I see Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Range Rovers and so many other many other vehicles with Arabic number plates hot-rodding it up and down Knightsbridge, Oxford Street and many other high streets apparently driven by Kuwaitis, Saudis, Qataris and other oilgarchy fatcats escaping the merciless summers in their countries. These are the very same folks who bankroll ISIS, Taliban and the other 7th century retrograde neanderthals. Perhaps Ms. Jolie should direct her concern towards them as to why they have all the money in the world to charter widebody planes to transport their blinged up vehicles and while away their summers in European capitals while their compatriots are starving in Syria and Iraq.
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    wendya
    valid observation.
    Bill E. Bob
    Therein lies the hypocrisy.
    JS 23
    Amen, RandR. She should give examples on how we, as average American citizens, could do anything to help these people. Write our congressmen? They already know. Give monetary donations? For what? The countries these people are suffering in are run by black market governments that not only have all the money, they take what is sent to these refugees. Tell us, how we can help?
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    CLSIND
    Ahhh another, it is someone elses problem opinion. AKA “It isn’t may daughter or my family so don’t look at me, they don’t look enough like me to care” statement. Bravo for originality.
    Al 23
    No, we bankroll them.
    Swede
    Yes, and why aren’t their countries sending in troops to stop this? Agree wholeheartedly. So long as the middle east is dominated by tyrants and families of tyrants who care not for their own people, this will #$%$ and on and on…
    River Crossing
    says the frequent flyer to London and Paris! I’m sure some of that jet fuel you’re using, funds the barbarians too. Have you ever once considered YOUR role in the nightmare for so many?

    Houyhnhnm
    Ms. Jolie is more concerned with the immediate problems, as are the poor refugees. JS, it sounds like she’ll address some of the issues you targeted in her editorial. We’ll see. Hopefully, we’ll also act.
    Lee
    RandR….you drive a car? Use plastic products?
    Guess where it comes from…….oil.
    THAT’S where they get their money. From your pocket.
    Didn’t think that one through, did you?
    WE bankroll them.

    Jodie J
    Its our money they use to buy those Lamborghinis and bankroll those 7th Neanderthals. Every time you buy gas, it’s like paying a drug dealer for drugs. So no. We live in a global village and the suffering of the Iraqi people is in part our responsibility, like it or not.

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