There are many reasons to love or hate Angelina Jolie depending on your perspective. But I challenge anyone not to love her for her humanitarian efforts.
She has my appreciation for using her celebrity status to help shed light on some of the world’s forgotten children, and forgotten people. This year, Angelina Jolie went to Syria and Jordan where she visited Iraqi refugees living in harsh conditions to help bring the world’s attention to their plight. A few years ago every news channel carried news about Iraq. Everything that happened there was breaking news. Now, since the war is no longer popular with anyone, the war and it’s casualties are slowly being forgotten. The world has moved on, its attention firmly fixed on more interesting news items like Britney’s Circus tour, Michael Jackson’s death and the release of the Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Thanks to Ms. Jolie and Brad Pitt, a few more people are aware of the appalling conditions Iraqi refugees are in and reminding them that while for many countries the war is over when they switch off their TV sets or change the channels, for over 4 million Iraqi refugees, the nightmare is still very much on going.
I also thank Angelina for dressing in hijab while she visited not just Iraqi refugees but refugees in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only did she look good in it, she showed respect and appreciation for their culture and religion and made sure that the focus was not on her looks but rather her mission.