Angelina Jolie tours refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians fleeing civil war


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The Independent Online

Actress Angelina Jolie, the UN refugee agency's special envoy, has toured a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians who fled the civil war in their country.

The Hollywood star arrived this morning in the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 27,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict. She met Syrian refugee women separately and toured the sprawling tent city.

Jolie was accompanied by UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres and Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judeh.

Mr Guterres said the "camp needs massive international funding" and its "conditions are still not acceptable".

Jordan has sheltered more than 185,000 Syrian refugees - the largest number in the region.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) promoted Jolie in April from serving as its goodwill ambassador to special envoy due to her work for the agency.