Angelina Jolie – more than a decade of humanitarian work


Hollywood stars just turned 40 on June 4. Let’s take a look at her beautiful images during her 14 years as Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Actress Angelina Jolie holds a certificate from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees confirming her appointment as a goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR on Aug. 27, 2001, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The life of a Hollywood star began to change when Angelina Jolie was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations High Commissioner (UNHCR) on August 27, 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland. The actress could not hide her happiness and pride when holding a noble certificate of the United Nations. Since her appointment as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina has visited more than 30 countries and even risked her life.

Actress and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie talks with refugees in Severny refugee camp on the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya on Aug. 22, 2003.

Jolie began a series of days of traveling to visit refugee camps around the world. It is hard to imagine a famous actress on the silver screen wearing a simple UNHCR uniform talking to refugees at the border between the Republic of Ingushetia and the Republic of Chechnya in August 2003.


A mother of six children helping refugees in Sudan load their belongings into a truck in June 2004.


Jolie was at an Afghan refugee camp during her four-day visit to Pakistan. Here, the UN Goodwill Ambassador thanked Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz for allowing 3 million Afghans to seek asylum in the country.

Actress and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, left, speaks with the Indian Minister  of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Nov. 5, 2006. Jolie, who was in New Delhi for two days to work with the UN refugee agency, met with refugee women and children from Myanmar and also the Khalsa Diwan Welfare Society, an organization run by and for Sikh Afghan refugees in India.

Angelina had a working session with Deputy Foreign Minister of India, Mr. Anand Sharma in November 2006. During the conversation, Angelina expressed her joy that the Indian government has paid much attention to the lives of refugees, giving them the best possible living conditions.


Angie patiently listened to the story of an old woman at the refugee camp in Al Waleed, Iraq under the hot, harsh sun in August 2007.


Angelina’s gentle smile with an Iraqi refugee boy.

Actress and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, right, meets with 64-year-old flood victim Zenul Hawa in the village of Mohib Bandi, on the outskirts of Nowshera, Pakistan, on Sept. 7, 2010. Jolie visited Pakistan's northwest to draw the world's attention towards the plight of 21 million people affected by the country's worst-ever floods.

She set foot in northern Pakistan calling on the world to turn to the 21 million victims of the terrible flood that swept through here in July 2010.

UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie presents education materials to teacher Gul Rahman and young schoolgirls in the village of Qala Gudar in February 2011, outside Kabul, Afghanistan. Jolie was visiting the site where she will fund a new girls' primary school.

In February 2011, the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador visited the village of Qala Gudar, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan to prepare to build a school for girls .


Jolie visits refugees at the Shousha camp near the Tunis-Libya border in April 2011 in Ras Djir, Tunisia. The actress called on the international community to continue to raise funds and support to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees in Tunisia who are fleeing Libya.

Actress Angelina Jolie, center, looks on next to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, left, during a visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on June 19, 2011. Jolie made a surprise visit to Lampedusa, thanking residents for hosting thousands of refugees who have fled unrest in north Africa in recent months. She traveled from Malta with Guterres to the Mediterranean island that has been flooded with more than 40,000 asylum-seekers since the start of 2011, the UN refugee agency said.

Angelina Jolie and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR Antonio Guterres visited and met with refugees on the Italian island of Lampedusa ahead of World Refugee Day in June 2011. The two visited refugees on the island and called on the authorities of countries to accept refugees from conflict zones.


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