Help: Angelina Jolie has instilled her unwavering desire to help those in need onto her own family as daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, joined their mother during a tour of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday

Angelina Jolie brings daughters on Syrian refugee tour

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She’s an award-winning actress who consistently shows up to fight for human rights.

And it seems Angelina Jolie has instilled her unwavering desire to help those in need onto her own family as daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, joined their mother during a tour of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday.

The 42-year-old humanitarian stated that her daughters ‘asked to come’ with her to meet with Syrians displaced from the country’s on-going civil war which began nearly seven years ago, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

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Help: Angelina Jolie has instilled her unwavering desire to help those in need onto her own family as daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, joined their mother during a tour of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday

Help: Angelina Jolie has instilled her unwavering desire to help those in need onto her own family as daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, joined their mother during a tour of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday

Help: Angelina Jolie has instilled her unwavering desire to help those in need onto her own family as daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, joined their mother during a tour of the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday

‘My daughters Zahara and Shiloh asked to come with me today,’ Angelina stated. ‘They’ve spent time today speaking and playing with children their own age who have been forced from their homes, whose family members have been killed or have disappeared, and who are struggling with trauma and illness, but who at the end of the day are just children, with the same hopes and rights as children in any other nation.

This visit was Shiloh’s third trip and Zahara’s first time visiting a refugee camp, according to PEOPLE magazine. 

Angelina called on the international community to end the ‘senseless’ Syrian conflict as the war enters its eighth year.

Strong: The 42-year-old humanitarian stated that her daughters 'asked to come' with her to meet with Syrians displaced from the country's on-going civil war which began nearly seven years ago, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Strong: The 42-year-old humanitarian stated that her daughters 'asked to come' with her to meet with Syrians displaced from the country's on-going civil war which began nearly seven years ago, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Strong: The 42-year-old humanitarian stated that her daughters ‘asked to come’ with her to meet with Syrians displaced from the country’s on-going civil war which began nearly seven years ago, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Hollywood A-lister criticised the lack of a ‘credible political and diplomatic process’ to bring the violence to an end. 

Speaking in her role as special envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the actress also met Syrian children displaced by the war at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

Children crowded around as she spoke in a patch of muddy space between hundreds of rows of caravans in the cold desert camp, less than an hour’s drive from the Syrian border.

It was Jolie’s fifth visit to Jordan and third to the Zaatari refugee camp. 

The Hollywood A-lister today met Syrian children displaced by the war at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

The Hollywood A-lister today met Syrian children displaced by the war at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

The Hollywood A-lister today met Syrian children displaced by the war at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

The special envoy of the U.N. refugee agency spoke today with refugee families in a UN-run community program

The special envoy of the U.N. refugee agency spoke today with refugee families in a UN-run community program

The special envoy of the U.N. refugee agency spoke today with refugee families in a UN-run community program

‘It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as the war enters its eighth year,’ she stated. ‘We in UNHCR are deeply grateful to the Jordanian people, for their generosity and humanity towards the victims of the conflict. Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq now host nearly 5 ½ million Syrian refugees between them.

‘They really are an example to the world, at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply. We should be under no illusions that this is a crisis that has been out of control for years.’ 

The actress said most Syrian refugees had exhausted any savings they had and the vast majority were surviving on less than three dollars a day. 

She said: ‘This means families going without sufficient food, children unable to get medical treatment, young girls vulnerable to early marriage and many Syrians facing their seventh winter without proper shelter.’ 

Jolie called on world powers to find a 'viable political settlement' to end Syria's civil war

Jolie called on world powers to find a 'viable political settlement' to end Syria's civil war

Jolie called on world powers to find a ‘viable political settlement’ to end Syria’s civil war

The 42-year-old movie star then called on world powers to find a ‘viable political settlement’ to end Syria’s civil war saying that was the only way to ‘end the human suffering and the strain on host countries’.

‘Humanitarian aid is not a long-term solution’, she explained. ‘And to be clear, no one wants to get off aid relief more than Syrian families. For such an educated, capable people, it is soul-destroying to be made this dependent.’

She added: ‘We should never forget that the war began with demands by Syrians for greater human rights. Peace in their country has to be built on that.

‘It cannot be built on impunity for the targeting of civilians by all sides, the bombing of schools and hospitals, barrel bombs, torture, chemical weapons and rape used as a weapon of war.

Jolie told the refugees she was very proud of them and that 'you're very strong, all of you'

Jolie told the refugees she was very proud of them and that 'you're very strong, all of you'

Jolie told the refugees she was very proud of them and that ‘you’re very strong, all of you’

‘It must be built on accountability – for instance, justice and recognition for the years of violence that women in Syria have faced.

‘So that is my message to the international community today: yes, of course, please do more to help meet the needs of desperate Syrian families, and the countries hosting them.

‘But above all please provide the leadership and strength needed to negotiate a principled end to this senseless war – without sacrificing the dignity and human rights of Syrian families. That is non-negotiable.’ 

The Zaatari refugee camp opened in 2012 – one year after the anti-government protests turned violent in Syria – and is the largest refugee camp in Jordan housing almost 80,000 Syrian refugees, with many of the residents having lived there for several years. 

Jordan hosts more than 650,000 registered Syrian refugees, according to the UN refugee agency. 

The actress said most Syrian refugees had exhausted any savings they had and the vast majority were surviving on less than three dollars a day

The actress said most Syrian refugees had exhausted any savings they had and the vast majority were surviving on less than three dollars a day

The actress said most Syrian refugees had exhausted any savings they had and the vast majority were surviving on less than three dollars a day

Jolie said the hospitality of the overburdened host countries is 'an example to the world at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply'

Jolie said the hospitality of the overburdened host countries is 'an example to the world at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply'

Jolie said the hospitality of the overburdened host countries is ‘an example to the world at a time when solidarity with refugees is in short supply’

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