unhcr goodwill ambassador

While filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia (2001) Angelina Jolie began visiting refugee camps around the world. A few months later she was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, Jolie has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees in more than 20 countries.

“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.” - Jolie on her motives for joining UNHCR in 2001