Actress/director Angelina Jolie expands her role as an advocate for refugees

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Angelina Jolie listens to Sikh children playing religious music in New Delhi

In the movies, the actress and director Angelina Jolie has played characters ranging from a tomb raiding archaeologist ('Lara Croft: Tomb Raider') to a tough-as-nails CIA agent ('Salt'). She was even the voice of an animated tiger in the popular 'Kung Fu Panda' movies loved by children all over the world. But effective this week, Ms. Jolie has been appointed a Special Envoy on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, to facilitate lasting solutions for people displaced by conflict.

UN refugee agency helps Somaliland rape victims build new lives

Camp for displaced people

Every year, countless women world-wide leave their homelands for new opportunities in foreign countries, whether to find work, to get training, or to join family members already living abroad. Heba, a young woman from Ethiopia, left home to try her luck in neighbouring Somaliland, only to experience rape, stigma and ridicule. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting Heba and and other victims of rape in Somaliland, to rebuild their lives.

Songwriters use music to teach children about The Mighty Sky

Beth Nielsen Chapman

Just over 50 years ago this month, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel to space, thus opening up the cosmos for exploration and marking the beginning of the space age. To celebrate this achievement, the UN General Assembly has declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.Songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is one of the musicians behind a new CD called ‘The Mighty Sky’ which uses music to teach children how the universe works. Dianne Penn caught up with Chapman when she performed at the UN in commemoration of the international day.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Duration: 10'00"

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