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Wednesday September 12, 2012

ZAATARI, Jordan -- Her eyes welling up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said Tuesday she heard "horrific" and "heartbreaking" ac counts from Syrian re fugees who fled the civil war in their country to find shelter in a camp just across the border in Jordan.

The Hollywood star and U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy spoke as she visited the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict that has so far claimed at least 23,000 lives, according to activists.

"I am very concerned, the world is very concerned," Jolie said during her visit aimed at focusing international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and at tracting more funding to help them. "What is very heartbreaking is when Syrian people ask you why you think no one is able to find a solution for them."

Jolie also met separately with Syrian refugee women and toured the sprawling tent city in the company of U.N. refu gee chief Antonio Guterre ,and Jor danian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

According to Guterres Jordan has taken in some 200,000 Syrians -- the largest number in the region.

Jolie was also to visit Syrian refuges in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq during the rest of her trip to the region.


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