(FINNBAY-ANSAmed) – Beirut, 25 February 2014. Actress and UN High Commission for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on Monday said a UN Security Council resolution to boost humanitarian aid for civilians in Syria is ”a step in the right direction”.
On Saturday, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution demanding immediate access for humanitarian aid to civilians in Syria. Applying the resolution will take ”political will and courage”, said Jolie.
During a three-day visit, she visited some of the 3,500 orphaned or otherwise unaccompanied Syrian children living in the eastern Bekaa Valley, and met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Premier Tammam Salam.
”Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience”, said Jolie. ”They have lost their families and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they were adults”.
Lebanon, with a population of four million, has given sanctuary to 930,000 refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war in Syria.
“The generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and the Lebanese to its neighbor serves as an example to the world for which we should all be grateful. We all need to help them bear this burden”, Jolie said.
Angelina Jolie meets with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photos: Courtesy of UNHCR