ZAATARI, Jordan — Her eyes welling up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said Tuesday she heard “horrific” and “heartbreaking” accounts from Syrian refugees who fled the civil war in their country to find shelter in a camp just across the border in Jordan.
The Hollywood star and U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy spoke as she visited the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict that has so far claimed at least 23,000 lives, according to activists.
“I am very concerned, the world is very concerned,” Jolie said during her high-profile visit aimed at focusing international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and attracting more funding to help them. “What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them.”
Jolie met separately with Syrian refugee women and toured the sprawling tent city in the company of U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
The UNHCR in April promoted Jolie from serving as its goodwill ambassador to special envoy due to her exceptional work for the agency.