|  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
  |  
17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Jolie due in Turkey to visit Syrian refugees in tent cities

US ACTRESS AND THEN-UN GOODWILL AMBASSADOR ANGELINA JOLIE SPEAKS WITH SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN DURING HER VISIT TO A RED CRESCENT CAMP IN HATAY ON JUNE 17, 2011. (PHOTO: EPA)
12 September 2012, Wednesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Hollywood actress and UN Refugee Agency special envoy Angelina Jolie is due to visit Syrian refugee camps in southern Turkey with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on Thursday.

Diplomatic sources said Jolie and Guterres would tour the refugee camps in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. They are also scheduled to hold official talks with Turkish officials in Ankara on Friday.

Last year, the American actress visited Syrians taking refuge in the border province of Hatay, and praised Turkey for welcoming the refugees.

Jolie's visit comes after her visit to a camp in Jordan where Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in their home country are being accommodated.

Speaking after meeting a group of female refugees at the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict, Jolie said, “I am very concerned, the world is very concerned,” explaining her drive to focus international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and to attract more funding to help them.

“What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them,” Jolie said.

Jolie met with Syrian refugee women and also visited the border late on Monday to talk with Syrian refugees as they crossed into Jordan.

“What they described on the ground, hearing it from them is so horrific,” she said, adding that the children's stories were especially moving, including that of one child who described having witnessed people being pulled apart “like chickens.”

“When you meet so many innocent people and civilians, the people of Syria are asking who is on their side. ‘Who is going to help us as the months go on?'” she added.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the chaos and increasing violence of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, with activists saying at least 23,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011.

According to Guterres, Jordan alone has taken in some 200,000 Syrians -- the largest number in the region. Both the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Jordan say the figure reflects the actual numbers of Syrians housed in the kingdom, as opposed to the smaller figure of Syrian refugees who have registered with the UNHCR or who are awaiting registration.

 
 
DIPLOMACY  Other Titles
KKTC pushing for Cyprus deal before end of this year
MEPs question EU Commission over EU funds to Turkey
Greece rejects extradition of leading DHKP/C member
Pro-gov't dailies report conflicting news on leaked audio on Syria
US warns against damage to ties over recurring media claims
KRG's Barzani visits Ankara for talks with Erdoğan
Villagers file suit against ministry over stray bullets from Syria
Chief ombudsman laments low implementation of KDK recommendations
Turkey says deeply concerned over events in Ukraine
Chinese deputy foreign minister in Ankara for inter-delegation meeting
‘Turkey will not remain silent over 'genocide resolution' if adopted’
Russia welcomes Turkey's assurances on observance of Montreux terms
Poland: NATO should send troops to east Europe, ignore Russia's objections
US looks to Turkey to uphold checks and balances
Dubai may be a hub for Turkey and Iran's illicit transactions
US House Speaker meets senior Turkish officials in Ankara
EU Minister Çavuşoğlu says Füle's comments on Turkey ‘balanced'
US Ambassador Ricciardone has talks with AK Party officials
Turkey's honorary consuls meet to discuss foreign policy
Iran to build cultural center in the heart of İstanbul
Loğoğlu: No Turkish institution in US works against Turkey
Erdoğan will further polarize Turkey as presidential election approaches
European Union concerned about rule of law in Turkey
Turkey seeks to restore dialogue with Serbia with FM's visit
Turkish Rights groups slam Egypt over execution ruling
...
Bloggers