Angelina, a special envoy of the UN refugee agency UNHCR, went straight to a camp in Teknaf near the Myanmar border right after she landed. While at the camp, she spoke with some of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees who have fled persecution in the neighboring country.
The UN is to soon launch a new international appeal for $920 million to meet the needs of Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them, the refugee agency said.
According to the UNHCR website Jolie’s role with the department is to “focus on major crises that result in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy and representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues. Through this work, she has helped contribute to the vital process of finding solutions for people forced to flee their homes.”
Jolie will be visiting refugee camps over the next three days, while also visiting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.