She is here once again – this time to visit the flood victims and share their grief. Dressed in a traditional long black robe and a black headscarf with no makeup, Angelina Jolie, the UN Ambassador of Goodwill, visited the flood victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhua province of Pakistan on 7th September 2010, besides the Afghan refugees and aid workers. She was deeply moved by the plight of the people in distress and the large scale devastation left by one of the worst floods in the history of mankind.
"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,” said Miss Jolie. She has herself donated US$100,000 to UNHCR for its assistance work in Pakistan already.
Miss Jolie, before coming to Pakistan, had been appealing the world community to help the Pakistani flood affected people and had promised to go to Pakistan on first available opportunity. In a video message on 31st August, Angelina Jolie appealed to the world conscious and said, "One-fifth of Pakistan is under water… and the threat of disease now looms for 20 million affected people. This is not just a humanitarian crisis; it is an economic and social catastrophe. UNHCR is on the ground. The more support we can give, the greater number of tents, food, clean water and medicine will get to the people in need."
It may be added here that Miss Jolie has visited Pakistan on three previous occasions since becoming a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Angelina Jolie meets Pakistan flood victims (Video YouTube)
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