Angelina Jolie steps down as UN refugee envoy

Oscar-winning US actress Angelina Jolie says she is stepping down from her role as an ambassador for the UN refugee agency UNHCR after more than 20 years.

« I believe in many things the UN does, particularly the lives it saves through emergency relief, » Jolie, 47, said.

And she added: « I will be working now with organisations led by people most directly affected by conflict, that give the greatest voice to them. »

The UNHCR said she was one of the most influential refugee rights advocates.

In a post on her Instagram page, the Hollywood star wrote: « After over 20 years, I am stepping down today from my work with the UN refugee agency.

« Refugees are the people I admire most in the world and I am dedicated to working with them for the rest of my life. »

Jolie provided no details about the organisations she was planning to work with.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR said in a statement that Angelina Jolie would « engage on a broader set of humanitarian and human rights issues ».

In a statement, the refugee agency said « Jolie has worked tirelessly, carrying out more than 60 field missions to bear witness to stories of suffering as well as hope and resilience ».

Jolie – who starred in a number of blockbusters including Mr and Mrs Smith and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – has worked with the UNHCR since 2001, becoming the agency’s special envoy in 2012.

In recent months, she has met displaced people in the war-torn Ukraine, Yemen and also Burkina Faso.

World Opinions – BBC News

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