This June 18 photo released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows special envoy Angelina Jolie taking notes as she speaks with Syrian refugees in a Jordanian military camp based near the Syria-Jordan border.
(Photo: O. Laban-Matte, AP)
A suspected chemical attack that left more than 1,300 people dead in Damascus has the world's attention and one of the people taking notice is actress Angelina Jolie.
Her humanitarian work with the United Nations is well-documented and in her role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Jolie has issued a statement obtained by E! News about the Syrian situation.
"What is happening to the children of Syria is sickening. Thousands of innocent young boys and girls have lost their lives in horrific circumstances, including in recent attacks near Damascus. And now one million Syrian children are struggling to survive as refugees in heart-breaking conditions. Each one of these child refugees is an innocent victim of a senseless conflict. These vulnerable children need shelter, food and assistance. But above all, they need security. The international community must not look away from Syria, they must renew the search for peace with urgency and determination."
Jolie traveled to Jordan in June where she met with Syrian refugees who were driven out of their homes as a result of the conflict.
At the time, she had a special message for reporters gathered to cover her trip in honor of World Refugee Day: "I appeal to the world leaders - please, set aside your differences, unite to end the violence, and make diplomacy succeed."