Angelina Jolie slams West for barring refugees

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Tuesday accused the West of cold-heartedness and hypocrisy in trying to shut out migrants, including refugees, from Africa and other hotspots.


More than 7,000 people have died trying to get into Europe over the past decade, according to Jolie, whose comments appeared in the magazine “Refugees”, published by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she is a goodwill ambassador.

She expressed outrage at a photo which appeared recently in the quarterly magazine, taken on an unidentified Mediterranean beach in Spain in 2002, which showed a couple relaxing under an umbrella not far from the washed-up corpse of a black man.

“We’ll never know who he was or why he ended up there and the couple on the beach apparently couldn’t care less,” Jolie wrote. “Someone’s son, someone’s brother, or someone’s loved one. In fact, you or me, if we had been born at another time, or in another place.”

Jolie, who has been to more than 20 countries since becoming a UNHCR goodwill ambassador five years ago, said it was a scandal that such a rich world was not feeding all people in refugee camps, especially in Africa.

Many would-be refugees fell into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers “who push them into overcrowded boats or hide them in the backs of containers, or tell them to walk across minefields or scale barbed wire fences in the middle of the night”.

“Many have also died trying to get into the United States and Australia. But we don’t notice,” wrote the Oscar-winning actress, who is filming in India.

Ignoring simmering conflicts had proven damaging and expensive, she said, citing Bosnia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.

“I have been to some of these countries, or to their neighbours, where most of the refugees remain,” said Jolie.

“It is a truly humbling experience, a shocking eye-opener. It has made me realise that we are all — myself included — behaving like the couple sitting under their umbrella on the beach, gazing studiously out to sea,” she said.

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29 Comments on “Angelina Jolie slams West for barring refugees”

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  2. bex Says:

    she has a point! i think it is rediculous that we dont even care about these other countries. Many thousands are probably starving at this very minute, just wishing they could be some where else, wishing could be some one else. Many people now-a-days waste their money on new sports cars, even though they own 3-4-5 already, wasting it on a new house although they already own a perfectly good house.

    We should pay more attention to the people that atually need a new home, new clothes or even food to eat. The picture she mentions is rather sick! it makes you see the amount of people that dont care. That couple represents probably over half of the people from Europe. They probably would do exactly the same. But to me and many others life means alot more than that. We shouldnt be deciding to let these people starve. We should be willing to help and give so much money a month to these poor people and ten their life would be alot better to live.

    Angelina has got to be the most bravest celeb ever! withall the work and sacrafises she makes just going to help these people is more than any normal person will even think about doing in their whole life time! She is the person peple should be looking at for a role model! Angelina is truly amazing!!!!!!!

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  6. Risa Says:

    Although I greatly admire Ms. Jolie’s efforts to highlight these problems, I think it naive to suggest that simply opening up the ‘developed’ world’s borders billions of the world’s poor would solve these problems. I think one must look to the plutocrat international bankers, and the arms, oil, mining and agriculture barons of the Western world to understand the cause of ‘third-world’ poverty. A course or two in international political economy might help (but not in the USA, where ideology of so-called ‘free trade,’ which impoverishes all but the few, is exclusively taught.)

  7. man for you Says:

    I LOVE YOU Jolie may I to kiss you coz you are my nightmare you are soo beautifyl
    I am soo sory coz I no saw you never but I hope thet I wiil seen you ever in mu live and to gave you a kiss at least on welkin I LOVE YOU Jolie .I know that you wiil ever seen this ,from me to you ;))

  8. man for you Says:

    Joilu dont hear them then hear me YOU ARE THE BEST AND YOU DONT HAVE A FAULT !!!

  9. suresh Says:

    very sweet

  10. Gerald Says:

    Would anyone help me get the contacts of Angelina her work has really moved me and her desire to see other peoples lives improved.Hope someone would help me get her contacts.
    BRAVO Angelina and your adoption of Maddox.
    God bless you

  11. Becky Says:

    everybody love Angleina coz she is so different and she knows what is a good move, i think she is great!! bye ppl :)

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  16. sergio Says:

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  20. onemorecup Says:

    I don’t want to burst any fantasy bubbles here but hey, let’s just look at the real world, shall we? Then after we do that, let’s have a look at the not-so-perfect Angelina Jolie, hmm?

    Given the amount of land surface area on the planet earth in conjunction with the overwhelming amount of bad-decision making by those of us who inhabit this planet namely, teen births, people having larger families who always seem at risk for poverty and therefore, burdens the entire system.

    No one has hardened their hearts toward refugees; that is, insofar as these people are really refugees. You see, not every person trying to gain access into another nation without permission is NOT a refugee. A person who is escaping a war torn area or the prosecution because of that war is a refugee.

    Look, if you want to attack people for being hard on the accommodation of foreigners let’s go back a bit and look at the real culprits. Africa is a huge land mass with an established history. Germany, Spain, Islam, Russia, The Commonwealth of Great Britain, and of course, the Dutch have had multi-ventured claims and crimes against humanity and resources.

    It is not up to someone living in Canada say, to make the allowance of who goes where. The problem has originated in those host countries and therefore, they should be dealing with the madness.

    Angelina Jolie, in my humble opinion, is a lousy actress. Who knows what she really looks like now considering the amount of collagen in those lips of hers? By the way, where does that collagen come from? And the ink! Goodness, Ms. Jolie is a walking piece of canvas for a very poor artist. Cheers everyone!


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    I hate Angelina. I Loathe Angelina. I’m so sick of Angelina. Angelina is a WHORE,SLUT,BITCH,TWAT and CUNT. Angelina is UGLY,FAT and FUGLY.

  25. polly Says:

    angie is uuuugly .she has that flat nose and those lips are something weird. she did jen a favor for getting brad because he looks like a homeless man. why dont you help people out in america if you dont like america then go live where you are getting all those kids at.i guess you can tell that i dont think too much of her

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