Angelina Jolie in Iraq: I hardly survived herePodcast, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 14:52:54
Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie UN yesterday returned from a visit to Iraq. During the one-day visit to Baghdad, Jolie visited a refugee camp "Shikuk." There are accommodated displaced from their homes Abu Girab field, located west of Baghdad and the western suburbs of the capital.
But look at what life we have, very, very difficult, he said. It takes great strength to survive, living this way. Despite the difficulties in Iraq, Jolie says that this is a way that enables the Iraqis to rebuild their homes. The Iraqi people need more support in order to restore their lives, she stresses. Families that Jolie had met, have complained that their children can not attend school and are unable to pay for medical examinations. 43-year-old Ali has built a brick house in the rough "Shikuk" after having fled from the province of Abu Ghraib with 38-year-old wife and their six children four years ago. The only help we received was from the Agency for Refugees. These are the only people who knocked on our door. But look at what life we have, very, very difficult, he said. It takes great strength to survive, living this way. I do not know myself whether I can be strong enough to survive this, says Jolie. In the next house, the famous actress had met with family of 9 persons. Children here do not go to school and the mother watching her baby, which is a rash all over your body and can not afford to take him to the doctor. Daughter in law studied law before the family is forced to leave home because of violence broke out. "No way," said family when Angelina Jolie asks them if they would return to their old home. "Our neighbors returned and their three daughters were killed," said Saua - "Why does this happen to us? '" They have the right feel that this is not fair, "said Jolie, promising to return to Iraq. I want to go and find a better place and a different situation. We hope that the United Nations and the Government will support this piece of land. They need help not only because they are poor, but because they are the future of Iraq. The situation in this camp is tough but there are people who can not return to safer areas. The camp is home to more than 20,000 people, mostly women and children. There are no drinking water, no sewage system and paved roads. This area looks like a landfill, despite the efforts of the Agency for Refugees. Agency reported that 1.6 million Iraqis are displaced inside the country because of sectarian war erupted in 2006 after the mosque bombing in Samarra.
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