Angelina Jolie offers $100k to help Syrian refugees

Updated: Jun 21, 2012, 13:25 PM IST

Melbourne: Angelina Jolie has donated 100,000 dollars to aid Syrian refugees, the United Nations refugee agency revealed on Wednesday.

The Oscar-winning actress is a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and made the donation on World Refugee Day.

In a statement marking the occasion, Jolie said the solutions to the world’s growing number of displaced people were political as well as humanitarian.

“The international community should rededicate itself to preventing conflict, addressing it when it erupts, and solving it more quickly,” the Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled their country amid a bloody crackdown on dissent by Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime, with most going to Turkey and Lebanon.

Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the agency since 2001, was promoted to special envoy earlier this year.