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Tomb Raider Turns Good Will Ambassador

When actress Angelina Jolie isn't off raiding tombs, working on other flicks or spending time with her little boy, Maddox - she's helping out the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR.)

What is the UNHCR?

The UNHCR is an organization that [kwlink]protects[/kwlink] over 22 million people around the world including refugees and former refugees returning to their homes. The UNHCR is the largest international [kwlink]humanitarian organization[/kwlink] which provides necessities like food, water, shelter and medical assistance to refugees (with the help of more than 400 partners), in 122 [kwlink]countries[/kwlink]. When the government won't help, the UNHCR steps in to get the people to [kwlink]safety[/kwlink] and on their way to a somewhat normal life.

Angelina Jolie Helps Out the UNHCR

This girl interrupted her busy schedule to travel to Africa in order to learn about and help refugees under the care of UNHCR. Angelina paid her own way and from February 22 to March 9, 2001 (18 days) she spent time in Sierra Leone and Tanzania as a good will ambassador. During her stay, she visited amputee camps, war-injured camps and camps for women that had experienced various traumas. "I've started to really become aware of the world we live in, what's really going on," Angelina says. "I think we should try to be responsible and educate ourselves. I'm simply doing that and traveling, learning first hand, and seeing first hand what's going on."

Angelina Jolie Heads to Cambodia

In July of 2001 Angelina made another trek but this time to Cambodia in order to show her support for the UNHCR who are working to remove land mines. She also filmed a public service announcement video for World Refugee Day.

What Angelina Jolie Says About Her Work with UNHCR

"It's not like I did things that made much of a difference but something had changed," Angelina says. "I'd gone outside my own little world."

What UNHCR Says About Their Work with Angelina Jolie
The official UNHCR Web site thanks Angelina - saying, "USA for UNHCR is indebted to Ms. Jolie, not only for making these writings available, but also for the spirit of humanity that underlies her genuine and continuing interest in our cause."

Check out the official UNHCR site.

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    GirLovesPiggy
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    @rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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    rainbowpoptart
    My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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    drowning
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    Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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