ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Movie star Angelina Jolie visited a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on Sunday, calling for a political solution to Syria's long-running civil war and saying that "humanitarian aid is not a long-term solution".
"It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as this war enters its eighth year", Jolie said after meeting refugee families and teenage girls in a United Nations -run community program.
Jolie told the refugees she was very proud of them and that "you're very strong, all of you".
Angelina Jolie visits Jordan's Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees on January 28, 2018. In fact, she said the UNHCR response to the crisis was only 50 percent funded previous year and that this figure has since dropped to 7 percent.
After talking with a Syrian refugee family who had been living in Zaatari refugee camp for the past five years, Jolie visited "Tiger Girls" program funded by UNHCR, which aims to empower young refugee girls through a range of academic and social skills courses.
The Oscar victor, 42, later gave a powerful speech where she called on world powers to "find a viable political settlement" to end Syria's civil war. "UNHCR does not have the funds to provide in full even the most basic necessities", she said.
"It is soul-destroying" for Syrian refugees "to be made this dependent", Jolie said.
Accompanied by the UNHCR Representative in Jordan Stefano Severe, the Hollywood actress called on UN Security Council members to visit the refugee camps and see first hand the plight of the refugees after seven years of displacement. They have been warning for years that they would reach a point where they on their own could do more.