IRAQ / ANGELINA JOLIE

30-Aug-2007
UNHCR Goodwill ambassador, Angelina Jolie traveled to Damascus, Syria and into neighbouring Iraq to witness the plight of Iraqi refugees. UNHCR
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STORY: IRAQ / ANGELINA JOLIE
TRT: .30
SOURCE : UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS : NONE
LANGUAGE : NATS

DATELINE: 27, 28 AUGUST 2007, DAMASCUS SYRIA / AL WALEED, IRAQ
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DAMASCUS SYRIA, UNHCR REGISTRATION CENTRE

1. Various shots, Angelina Jolie at UNHCR registration Center listening to refugees
2. Wide shot, Angelina Jolie talks with UNHCR staff at registration Center entrance

AL WALEED IRAQ, SHOWS MAKESHIFT CAMP

4. Wide shot, Angelina Jolie walks with soldiers
5. Wide shot, camp
6. Med shot, Angelina listens to an elderly refugee woman on a wheelchair
7. Close up, elderly refugee woman crying
8. Med shot, Angelina listens to an elderly refugee woman on a wheelchair
9. Wide shot, Angelina surrounded by refugees get into a jeeo
STORYLINE
The UN refugee agency estimates that more than 4.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes because of the ongoing violence. 2 million to neighbouring states and another 2.2 million displaced inside Iraq.

The enormous numbers have put an enormous strain on both Syria and Jordan which have taken in the majority of the uprooted Iraqis.

In Damascus, she met some of the thousands of Iraqi refugees registering with UNHCR, nearly one-quarter of whom are victims of violence and torture. Tens of thousands are without jobs, and many young people are in danger of losing out on an education and a future. She recognized Syria for its open borders and generosity to Iraqis.

She also crossed into Iraq to visit 1,200 refugees trapped in a makeshift camp at the border, unable to flee Iraq, and later watched scores of Iraqis crossing into Syria at a border checkpoint.

After talking with some of the stranded refugees at Iraq's Al Waleed camp on Tuesday, Jolie said: "it is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate about Iraq's future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face."

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