Geneva (Reuters): Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has recorded a
television message for World Refugee Day and stations have rushed
to air the 30-second footage, the United Nations refugee agency
said. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR), recorded the appeal in April in Namibia, before
her daughter with Brad Pitt, Shiloh, was born on May 27.
''I'm Angelina Jolie. For the millions of displaced persons
around the world, please help keep their hope alive and remember
World Refugee Day,'' the American actress, sporting a tank-top and
light-brown headscarf, said yesterday in a brief message. The
annual day, honouring some 20 million people who have fled conflict
or persecution, is being observed at events in more than 100
countries under the theme of ''Hope'' on June 20. The Geneva-based
agency has been deluged with calls from stations seeking to air the
spot, which shows refugees and aid convoys in several field
operations, including Afghanistan.
It can be viewed on the site www.unhcr.org, but is also
available in beta film for stations, officials said. ''We just
started offering it Wednesday, and a lot of TV networks have been
asking for it,'' UNHCR chief spokesman Ron Redmond said. Shannon
Boyd, who manages the agency's goodwill ambassador programme, told
Reuters: ''One station in Spain started running it twice an hour.
We are very pleased.'' Since joining UNHCR in early 2001, Jolie has
travelled to some 20 countries, drawing attention to refugees'
plight in hotspots from Cambodia to Kosovo and Sudan's Darfur