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Angelina Jolie meets refugees in Afghanistan

Last updated on: March 4, 2011 09:44 IST

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Actress Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to Afghanistan this week to meet refugees in the war-torn country.

The 35-year-old actress, who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, skipped the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night and instead flew to Kabul on Monday, reported Daily Mail.


Image: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie presents education material to a local head teacher in a village outside Kabul
Photographs: Reuters
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The Changeling star was in the Afghan capital for two days, meeting with those struggling to survive and adjust after years in exile, including a mother of eight and one of her sons at their makeshift home at Tamil Mill Bus site.

Jolie also presented education tools to a local head teacher and some schoolgirls in a village outside of Kabul.


Image: Jolie is greeted by village elders upon arrival in Qala Gudar village in Qarabagh District
Photographs: Reuters
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According to the United Nations, she was visiting the site where she will fund a new girl's primary school. The actress had first visited Afghanistan in 2008.

At the end of her visit, Jolie released a statement calling for help for the millions of refugees who are struggling to survive in the country.

"The focus needs to be put now on reintegration and that means not just putting up shelters but making sure there is water, job opportunities, a school for the children and medical clinics," she said.


Image: Angelina Jolie meets Khanum Gul, a mother of eight and her youngest son, Samir at their makeshift home at Tamil Mill Bus site in Kabul
Photographs: Reuters
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