UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie said her encounters with Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan were a “very heavy experience” and urged international support for people fleeing the conflict in Syria. UNHCR
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1. Wide shot, Distribution Centre
2. Various shots, Syrian Refugees at the gate
3. Close up, woman’s face
4. Med shot, High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterrez talking to woman
5. Med shot, people sitting on mattresses
6. Med shot, back of women in line
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“It breaks my heart to see Syrians forced today to flee sometimes in extremely traumatic situations and to see them as refugees here in Jordan.”
8. Wide shot, Angelina Jolie enters tent
9. Med shot, Angelina Jolie inside tent
10. Med shot, introducing to Angelina Jolie beaten man (COVERED FACE)
11. Close up, man’s injuries
12. Wide shot, Angelina Jolie with young woman
13. Close up, young woman
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy:
“Little children, I ask what they saw and they described body parts separated and burnt people being pulled apart like chicken…that is a little nine year girl who said that. It is also very emotional to be with people who are wondering who is on their side.”
15. Med shot, Angelina Jolie with refugee women
16. Close up, refugee woman
17. Wide shot, Angelina Jolie with refugee women
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy:
“It has been a very heavy experience because often times you come to these camps, and we have all been around the world and meet with people in conflict situations, but very rarely do you come when you meet them as they cross the border. And you get to know people, the moment they become a refugee. At the moment they have forever lost their homes their schooling, their livelihood, their education, everything that they have been is gone and when I asked them what did you bring, this they say the shirt on my back.”
19. Med shot, photographer and media
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“Now this camp is of course like all other camps in the world a difficult place to live. And my appeal to the international community to help us and help the Jordanian government in order to be able to massively invest in improving the living conditions of the refugees in the camp.”
21. Med shot, UNHCR tent
22. Wide shot, girls cleaning the carpet
23. Close up, men loading tents
24. Wide shot, young man walking in camp
As the number of Syrians fleeing their country continues to increase, the head of the United Nations refugee agency and that body’s special envoy, actress Angelina Jolie yesterday visited a camp in Jordan, where they met some of the of thousands of people that have crossed the border to escape the violence in the Middle Eastern country.

High Commissioner António Guterres and Angelina Jolie visited the Za’atri refugee camp, located in a desert region near the Syrian border, and currently holding some 28,000 refugees, out of a total of 85,000 Syrians who are currently registered or awaiting refugee registration in Jordan.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the actual number of refugees in Jordan is thought to be much higher, and, overall, more than a quarter of a million people have now been registered with the agency, or are awaiting registration in countries around Syria.

Jolie visited Jordan’s border with Syria, where she met newly-arriving families – some 200 families made the dangerous crossing that night; shelling could be heard in the distance.

“It’s been a very heavy experience because often times you come to these camps,” the Special Envoy said. “We have all been around and met with people in conflict situations, but rarely do you come when you meet them as they cross the border and you get to know people the moment they become a refugee, the moment they have lost their home, their schooling, their livelihoods, their education, everything that they have been is gone. And when I asked them, ‘what did you bring?’ they say this, and they show [their] back.”

According to UNHCR, some refugees report being displaced five or six times before finally leaving the country. While the number of people crossing the border tends to fluctuate depending on the security situation in Syria, on average, some 2,000 new arrivals occur daily, with most people crossing the border at night, the agency noted.

UNHCR, along with the Jordanian Government and its partners, is working to assist displaced persons. However, the agency states that the conditions at Za’atri camp – located in windswept desert – are harsh, with many refugees living in tents.

Earlier this month, the United Nations and its partners increased their humanitarian appeal for the Response Plan from $180 million to $347 million, due to the doubling of the number of people in need since July, to 2.5 million.

The revised Response Plan focuses on the priority areas of health, food, livelihoods, infrastructure rehabilitation, community services, education and shelter, in Homs, Hama, Idlib, Damascus, rural Damascus, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo, as well as areas hosting large numbers of internally displaced people.

Syria has been wracked by violence since an uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad some 18 months ago. More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since fighting broke out though reports indicate a major escalation of violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Aleppo and Damascus.