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Angelina Jolie Visits Thai Refugee Camp

Feb. 5 2009, Published 8:22 a.m. ET

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Academy Award winning actress, U.N. goodwill ambassador, and super mom Angelina Jolie visited a Thai refugee camp on Wednesday.

Jolie used the trip to issue a plea to Thailand's government to welcome Rohingya refugees.

"Visiting Ban Mai Nai Soi and seeing how hospitable Thailand has been to 111,000 mostly Karen and Karenni refugees over the years, makes me hope that Thailand will be just as generous to the Rohingya refugees who are now arriving on their shores," Jolie said in a statement issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Thailand's treatment of the Rohingyas, an oppressed Muslim minority from Myanmar has been widely criticized.

Since becoming a goodwill ambassador in 2001, Jolie has visited refugees in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Iraq.


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