Actress, daughter of actor John Voight and envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie paid a surprise visit to a refugee camp in Northern Iraq this past weekend.
Jolie visited families and took a tour of the refugee camp(s), now home to thousands of Yazidis and other Iraqis forced to flee their homes invaded by the Islamic State not to mention the civil war between ISIS and Syria.
UNHCR Press Release
…Today, Ms Jolie visited internally displaced Iraqis living in an informal settlement and a formal camp at Khanke, a 40 minute drive from Dohuk city. Together, the sites now accommodate more than 20,000 people from the Yazidi minority who fled Sinjar and surrounding areas in early August. Jolie spoke to people with dramatic stories of escape, including people who managed to flee their imprisonment by walking through the night and hiding by day. She also met elderly women who were among the 196 Yazidis recently released by insurgents and now staying in the informal settlement at Khanke.
The women recounted their ordeal of kidnap, detention, escape, and release. Jolie listened to the stories of extreme hardship and loss, including from people who still have sons, husbands and daughters detained, and others who had heard their daughters were moved to Syria. Others had lost all contact with their loved ones and had no idea of their fate.
‘Nothing can prepare you for the horrific stories of these survivors of kidnap, abuse and exploitation and to see how they cannot all get the urgent help they need and deserve,’ Jolie said. ‘The needs so dramatically outstrip the resources available in this vast crisis. Much more international assistance is needed,’ the Special Envoy added.
Funding shortfalls have affected the scale and type of programmes to help survivors of violence and human rights abuses alongside the provision of shelter and other assistance. While much aid has been provided by the government, UNHCR and partners over the last six months — including 34 new camps built or under construction — aid operations are hampered by lack of funding alongside security constraints. UNHCR, for example, has received only 53 per cent of its required USD 337 million for its response to internal displacement in Iraq during 2014 and has received the go-ahead to proceed on projected funding for only 31per cent of its required USD 556 for 2015….
In the meantime, Barack Obama has embarrassed the nation yet again. He will only do softball interviews with YouTube sensations who are (a) either incapable of asking the hard questions or (b) willing to be used as props and lead around by the nose because Obama has never once face hardball questions[i].
At a time when the world and America is going to hell in a hand basket because of policies, Obama has mentally checked out several months ago of the Oval Office is derelict in his duties.
There is no other job in the country that one can be derelict in his or her responsibilities and remain in their job.
All the while, Boko Haram, ISIS, “lone wolf” jihadists among others is slaughtering anyone in their paths.
Finally, judging from the depraved comments beneath the articles on the Daily Mail website here and here, Progressives despise Jolie and her trip to Iraq. Some even complained about her Northface jacket, now really.
[i] Just ask Jonathan Gruber, there is a name for the audience Barack Obama reached out to on YouTube.