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Angelina Jolie appeals aid for displaced Iraqis

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London (ANI): Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie paid her third visit to Iraq as UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador and appealed for aid to an estimated 1.6 million displaced civilians. According to a statement released by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the 34-year-old actress visited a makeshift camp for displaced Iraqis in a suburb of Baghdad during her one-day trip.

"This is a moment where things seem to be improving on the ground, but Iraqis need a lot of support and help to rebuild their lives," the Telegraph quoted Jolie as saying in a statement. The 'Tomb Raider" star has visited more than 20 such spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan as goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency in 2001.

The UN's emergency relief coordinator, John Holmes, said this week that he hoped more Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) could go home soon on a voluntary basis. But he also expected the Iraqi government to provide more resources. "What we're hoping at least is that the possibilities for return for both refugees and IDPs may improve significantly in the next few months, and that's what we're planning for," he said in a news conference in Geneva.

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