Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Angelina Jolie In Afghanistan

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, Angelina Jolie quietly visited Afghanistan to witness the repercussions of the returning refugees to the country. Jolie spent Wednesday in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan where more than 850,000 refugees have returned since the Taliban was removed in 2001. The massive return of people to the area has caused a great strain on the local resources and jobs are scarce. The people there are living in poorly constructed shelters and shabby tents, without education for their children or health services for anyone. Thursday Jolie visited Kabul where the influx of returnees has tripled the city’s population and overwhelmed it’s infrastructure. The poverty in the city in rampant and housing is inadequate, often non-existent as evidenced by the rise in homelessness.Here are some great photos by Marco Di Lauro.

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Anonymous said...

i hope Angelina will make a difference for our afghans. This is her first time going to afghanistan. Angelina ur such an insipiration to everyone. we llove you .

ps. adopt an afghan child, already :)