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Angelina Jolie has 'heart-rending' visit with Syrian children in Lebanon

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Where in the world is Angelina Jolie? In recent weeks, she's jetted from Sydney to Los Angeles to London, where she made a tux-clad fashion statement with Brad Pitt. Now, she's surfaced in Lebanon in her role as a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The A-lister, her head covered with a scarf (photo at left), met with scores of Syrian children on Sunday as she helped shine a light on how almost a third of Syria's population has been displaced or become refugees during the country's three-year conflict.The 3,500 children she interacted with in the eastern Bekaa Valley were orphaned or separated from their families as they fled their homeland."Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience," said Jolie. "They have lost their families, and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they are adults."During her surprise three-day visit to the region, Angelina also sat down with Lebanon's prime minister, Tammam Salam."The generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and Lebanese to its neighbor serves as an example to the world for which we should all be grateful," she added. "We all need to help them bear this burden."Jolie threw her support behind a recent U.N. Security Council resolution to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Syrian citizens, calling it "a long overdue step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children trapped in hard to reach areas across Syria."The actress, who has volunteered with the U.N. for more than a dozen years (this was her third UNHCR-supported visit to Lebanon), is expected to present at the Oscars on Sunday with Pitt.Click on for more photos from her visit to Lebanon ...
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