? “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.
” Angelina Jolie on her motives for joining UNHCR in 2001 Angelina Jolie is world reknowned for being one of the most beautiful and most talented actresses to ever grace the silver screens.She had started her career as being an unruly, out of control actress claiming publicity due to her wild antics, tatoos, viles of blood, public family kissing. However, when she claimed the role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider in early 2001, parts of the filming were done in Cambodia, and it was here that she witnessed first hand the humanitarian crises that are tearing our world apart, and it was then when she realised she wanted to make a difference.Jolie made the concious move towards a heroic life, she transformed from this tumultuous actress, into a wiser and awe inspiring woman that has taken that step to relief some of the most desperate places in the world that most of us would never dream to take.
Angelina Jolie is a public figure that any 19 year old girl would find inspirational. She is beautiful, she is glamourous, she is famous. Living life with everything that most of us would kill to have, beautiful kids, the wealth, and title and most enviously Brad Pitt.However its not just her fame and gorgeous man that makes her so compleltely impelling. Its her heart, her integrity and her good will to put others before herself that makes her inpsiring, that makes her a leader.
I have chosen Angelina Jolie for these very reasons. Starting as an unhealthy and unhappy actress and taking the leap to be someone who can make a difference to the world, it goes to show that you can do anything if your mind is set to it, and you have a strong purpose in life.It is also her integrity that sets her apart from all other celebrity humanitarians for example Bono, or Madonna. Angelina Jolie isn’t chasing the fame, she does the work, and she goes out on limbs to live how the impoverish live, to eat how the starved eat and to sleep how the homeless sleep because she cares. Because she believe that every body, even those living in third world countries deserves a ‘chance of a life with meaning’ and without understanding what its like for these countries, how could she help.After Jolie was exposed to the harsh environments in Cambodia, she wanted and needed to learn more about the refugee situations all over the globe, hence she went to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). By Februaryy 2001, Angelina Jolie travelled to the troubled areas of Tanzania and Sierra Leone. This trip made her become even more aware of the situation of impoverished refugees, and from here on her time and efforts were dedicated into learning why these areas are affected so badly.
After going on several missions, and in particular an ’emergencey appeal’ where Jolie donated $1 million to Afghan refugees, the UNHCR noticed her dedication and she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador. Opporunities then arose for her to go on field missions to places such as Kenya, Thailand, Namibia, Ecuador, North Caucasus and Russia. Visiting all the refugees and impoverished persons, and doing this while covering all her own costs and expenses. With no security and no one to hold her hand, she has used her position of fame and fortune not for herself, but to create awareness of the situations impact on these desperate areas.