Angelina Jolie Stands Up For Yemeni Refugees

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We now pause from the Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston drama for some actually true and important news: Angelina Jolie is putting on her humanitarian hat again.

This time, it's Yemen's refugees who have her full attention. The star praised a group aiding the Yemenis at the U.N. Refugee Agency Awards in Switzerland.

Jolie was nothing short of inspiring at the Geneva-based agency, honoring Yemen's Society for Humanitarian Solidarity with the agency's top annual award.

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The organization was honored for helping thousands of Somali refugees and migrants who flee to Yemen in smuggler's boats across the Gulf of Aden.

"Desperation fueled by a vicious combination of drought, famine and conflict has driven tens of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa," she said.

"We must not forget what is happening in this part of the world."

"Imagine how desperate these people must be, when their only alternative is to risk death at sea and put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers."

Jolie was also recognized for her work as an U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for the past 10 years. But she downplayed that and focused on the task at had.

"I'm so grateful - I don't want to cry - to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with," she said. "From them I've learned so much. I've learned to be a better person, a better mother."

"They've inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit."

Being a part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees staff since 2001, the star says she wishes to continue with the UNHCR for another 10.


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