Brangelina Spends Christmas with Refugees

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For Brangelina, Christmas is no time to rest. If anything, it's a time to give back more than ever before.

The gorgeous couple spent its holiday, spending Monday handing out gifts to refugee children in the Costa Rican capital San Jose.

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"We had a wonderful Christmas both with the Costa Rican people and the Colombian refugee families we met," Angelina Jolie said in a statement. Her visit was part of her work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

About 11,500 refugees have come to Costa Rica, most of them from Colombia, where an armed conflict between leftist guerrillas, soldiers and paramilitary forces has forced them to flee, says the UNHCR. All told, an estimated 3 million Colombians have been forced from their homes.

"The conflict in Colombia is the greatest humanitarian tragedy in the Western Hemisphere, but it receives very little international attention," the lady friend of Brad Pitt said after her arrival in San Jose.

"My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them."

In San Jose, People magazine reports, Jolie and Pitt dropped in on several small businesses established by refugees thanks to UNHCR economic initiatives. They also talked with young refugees, learning about the problems they and their families have faced.

It was the sort of stuff that makes a Katie Rees sex scandal seem almost unimportant by comparison.

"It's been sad for me to hear so many negative stories that show confusion between refugees, who are the victims of the conflict, and some criminal elements," Jolie said.

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