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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Visit Iraqi Refugees

Oct. 2 2009, Published 8:42 a.m. ET

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Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived in Syrian capital city Damascus on Friday as part of a goodwill mission to visit Iraqi refugees there.

The star couple visited with two families, victims of unspeakable crimes of kidnapping and abuse, where mother of six Jolie was visibly moved by their  harrowing tales.

"I'm grateful to you for sharing this story," Jolie expressed to Hoda, a mother who was kidnapped and assaulted along with her son.

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"It helps to make it easier to understand your problems. There's a lot of suffering in this part of the world; you're a very brave and strong woman  for putting this behind you for the sake of your children."

Pitt and Jolie also met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, discussing education and healthcare options for the refugee children.

Jolie is a Goodwill Ambassard to the United Nations' refugee agency.

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