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Angelina Jolie to Meet Syrian Refugees in Turkey Today

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Angelina Jolie, actress and UN special envoy, will today travel to the war-torn border of Turkey with Syria.

The Oscar-winner and humanitarian Jolie (36) will meet some of the more than 9,600 refugees who have fled a brutal crackdown by Syrian officials on anti-government protesters.

Jolie is the Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. She is expected to arrive in the Turkish province of Hatay on Friday afternoon. Details of what she will be doing there have not yet been released but when we know exactly what she’s up to, we’ll update you on all things Jolie.

Angela Jolie traveled to Tunisia in April 2011 during its refugee crisis as thousands of people, including many children, fled from its war-torn neighbor, Libya.

The “Salt” actress personally made the request to visit with the displaced people in this latest fleeing of pro-democracy protestors, The request was approved by Turkey’s foreign ministry and now Jolie will arrive in Hatay today for a tour of refugee camps.

Thousands of Syrians have evacuated their country since President Bashar al-Assad ordered his military forces to quash growing protests calling for democratic reforms.

US President Barack Obama has imposed economic sanctions against Assad and several other Syrian government officials in response to growing violence between pro and anti-government factions.

Angelina Jolie’s trip to the region is the latest example of her decade-long commitment to advocating human rights on behalf of the UN High Commission for Refugees.

It also might just help her live down those swamp photos with the fancy bag!

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