Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie continued in her role as UN envoy this week, when she travelled to Iraq, in order to support and highlight the needs of refugees.
The 39-year-old met up with displaced Iraqis who are members of the minority Christian community, living in an abandoned school in Al Qosh, during her two-day trip.
Originally from Mosul the families had to move several times since fleeing their homes last year but her journey did not end there.
Angelina, who last visited the country in 2012, was pictured during the second day of her visit, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people.
‘Since I was last here in Iraq, another two million people have been forced from their homes, mostly in the last six months – this time Iraqi citizens,’ she said at a press conference held at the Khanke Camp for Internally Displaced People (IDPs), in Iraq’s Dohuk Governorate.
‘The spill-over from the Syria conflict has been devastating,’ she continued. ‘The brutality of the conflict and speed and scale of the displacement has shocked the world. Help has come, but not nearly enough.’
‘Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot get the urgent help they need and deserve.
‘Children whose parents were murdered and are now here unaccompanied – a 19 year old working and being the sole provider for his seven siblings.
‘I have met mothers whose children have been kidnapped by ISIL. As a parent, I couldn’t imagine a greater horror. They are overwhelmed by thoughts of what is happening to their children.