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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is good for Africa

Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie has been an official 'Goodwill Ambassador' for the United Nations Humanitarian Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001.

Angelina Jolie

"No one chooses to be a refugee," UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie said in her video message on World Refugee Day 2012.

The UNHCR is the U.N. refugee agency mandated to protect and support refugees at the request of a government or the UN itself; the agency assists in the refugees' voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.

"The international community should rededicate itself to preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more quickly, for that is the only way to create durable solutions for the refugees whose strength inspires us on this World Refugee Day." Jolie added.

Her first trip to the African continent is reported to be an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania in February 2001. She wanted to learn more about refugees and help them under the care of UNHCR.

The Hollywood movie star Angelina, who "went outside [her] own little world," reported to be shocked by her 2004 visit in Sudan.

"I'd say this is the worst situation I've seen … it is just one of the worst things that has happened on the planet to a people," Jolie said.

Since then, she has been involved with the Darfur conflict in Sudan, and in other countries Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. said she was on hand to witness the conviction of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

The award-winning actress Angelina Jolie has starred in "Beyond Borders," a 2003 drama film about aid workers. Concurrent to the movie, she released "Angelina Jolie: Notes from My Travels" available on amazon.

references: USA for UNHCR ; UNHCR ; Angelina  Jolie Returns to Africa ; Angelina Jolie Shocked by Sudan Visit

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