Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day and in its honour UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie has paid a visit to Altinozu Camp in Turkey, home to some of the 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing from increasing civil unrest in their own country, just 20 kilometres away.
Dressed in a simple black maxi-dress, the Hollywood actress said: "What I've been most impressed and disturbed by is how much they understand about what's happening in their country, how they speak about family members being killed, themselves hearing gunfire, seeing their houses bombed, having to leave everything."
The mum of six also took the opportunity to launch a new public service announcement in support of World Refugee Day. In the 35-second clip called Do 1 Thing, Jolie urges the public to visit the of the United Nation's Commission website to learn “how you can help aid the many families in need". She adds: "You go to these places and you realise what life's really about and what people are really going through. These people are my heroes."
By Maria Milano