Yesterday, Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), published an opinion piece in The New York Times reflecting on her recent trip to the Middle East. “I have visited Iraq five times since 2007, and I have seen nothing like the suffering I’m witnessing now,” she writes. At a moment when there are more refugees worldwide than ever in UNHCR’s history, Jolie’s message is powerful: more must be done to aid those affected by crises in the region. “It is not enough to defend our values at home, in our newspapers and in our institutions,” insists Jolie. “We also have to defend them in the refugee camps of the Middle East, and the ruined ghost towns of Syria.”
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