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UN special envoy Jolie blasts funding gap for Syrians

Associated Press Associated Press 9/09/2016
Actress and UN refugee agency envoy special envoy Angelina Jolie smiles at children during a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Azraq in northern Jordan on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. She is calling on the international community to end the protracted Syrian civil war and increase support for refugees across the region. Five years into the Syrian conflict, she said brutal violence rages while the UN Security Council remains divided on a political solution. (AP Photo/Ahmad Alameen) © The Associated Press Actress and UN refugee agency envoy special envoy Angelina Jolie smiles at children during a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Azraq in northern Jordan on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. She is calling on the international community to end the protracted Syrian civil war and increase support for refugees across the region. Five years into the Syrian conflict, she said brutal violence rages while the UN Security Council remains divided on a political solution. (AP Photo/Ahmad Alameen)

AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, has called on the international community to end the protracted Syrian civil war and increase support for refugees across the region.

Jolie Pitt spoke at the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees on Friday while on a tour of humanitarian projects in Jordan. Jolie Pitt says the violence rages while the U.N. Security Council remains divided on a political resolution.

She decried the funding shortfalls for humanitarian agencies, saying the U.N. was operating with less than half of the budget required to support Syrian refugees.

She says that "the gulf between our responsibilities and our actions has never been so wide."

Close to 5 million Syrians have fled their homeland since 2011, most settling in neighboring countries.

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