UNHCR Special Envoy Angeline Jolie urges aid for Syria children

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The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, has called for aid for Syria's children at the end of a three-day visit to refugee families in Lebanon.

Ms. Jolie, who is a Special Envoy for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, met orphaned Syrian children who fled to Lebanon living in the Bekaa Valley.

An estimated 3,500 children who have been separated from their families, are known to be living in Lebanon.

In a statement released by UNHCR, Ms. Jolie also welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council 2139 on Humanitarian Assistance to Syria.

The UN Resolution approved unanimously on 22 February, demands cross-border access to facilitate aid delivery and threatens to take "further steps" in the case of non-compliance.

Ms. Jolie described it as "a long overdue step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children trapped in hard to reach areas across Syria."

She also emphasized the need for the resolution to be more than just a "paper declaration".

Ms. Jolie's visit to Lebanon is her third on behalf of UNHCR. She was last in the country in September 2012.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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