Angelina Jolie criticises Iraq war and talks about another adoption
Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie indirectly criticized the Iraq war and the priorities of the US government, in an interview with CNN on World Refugee Day.
"When you're in Washington to get money for AIDS orphans, the answer is often, we're at war right now," said the goodwill ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who has visited refugee camps around the world.
"Our priorities are quite strange," she said referring to the money Washington spends on war and not "dealing with situations that could end up in conflict if left unassisted, and then cost more."
"We're missing a lot of opportunities (to do) a lot of good that America used to do and has a history of doing … You have to start to notice that there's something wrong with that," she added.
Jolie, 31, spoke during her two-hour interview of her travels around the world and how on seeing young victims of atrocities a few years ago at a refugee camp in Sierra Leone it had changed her life.
"It was an amputee camp … the worst camp I've ever seen … It changed me for the better … Suddenly you see these people who're really fighting something, who are really surviving, who have so much in pain and loss … and you just feel like your own life just has been so sheltered and so spoiled… it just changed everything."
She defended the United Nations from criticism: "We certainly hear a lot about the negative things about the UN, you don't hear about the number of people who are kept alive on a daily basis by the UN.
"It's the closest thing we've got to a real international institution that represents us and can make certain kind of decisions. There's just a lot that people don't know about the UN and what it does."
Jolie, who avoided speaking of her personal life in the interview, said she got a "ridiculous" salary for her acting job, but revealed she donated a third of what she makes to humanitarian causes.
It was during the shooting in 2005 of Mr. and Mrs. Smiththat Jolie and fellow superstar Brad Pitt struck up a relationship. Jolie gave birth to their daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Namibia on May 27.
Pitt has also adopted two children Jolie had adopted, five-year-old Maddox from Cambodia and 18-month-old Zahara from Ethiopia.
During her interview, Jolie revealed that she and Pitt intend to adopt another child soon, although they had yet to settle on a nationality.