Jolie urges aid for Horn of Africa

2011-10-04 18:00

Geneva - Hollywood star Angelina Jolie on Tuesday pleaded with the international community to step up aid to the Horn of Africa, saying that its response would determine "whether huge numbers of people live or die".

"Today three-quarters of a million people are at risk of death in the next four months in the Horn of Africa," Jolie told envoys gather at a meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' executive committee.

"This astonishing number of at-risk lives is the reason this is termed the humanitarian crisis of the generation. The work we are doing needs to scale up to meet the needs of these individuals," noted the goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR.

"How we continue to respond to the situation of malnutrition and famine is going to define the work of NGOs, governments, and international organisations working in the Horn of Africa.

"It will quite starkly determine whether huge numbers of people live or die," added Jolie.

The actress acknowledged that rich countries are feeling budgetary pressures, but she urged them to "remain committed to the world's most vulnerable people".

Drought, high food prices and relentless combat in Somalia have pushed the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance across the Horn of Africa up to 13.3 million, according to UN data.

  • beicime - 2011-10-04 18:09

    Dear Jolie, I don't know if you ever heard of Jabob Zuma, Jacob says that the AU has African solutions for African problems. Please bring to his attention the tragedy in that part of Africa and he will fix it immediately. Regarding the Interntional community, I suggest that you leave them out altogether because the AU dislikes interferences from the imperialists which messes-up Africa all the time. However Jacob will be pleased if you contact China.

  • People Hater - 2011-10-04 18:35

    Christ, does she want to adopt another few? Liberal holier-than-though pushing for more aid to go to the pockets of the warlords. American brainless liberal idiots should not be allowed to make utterances on matters of a global level that they know precisely frack-all about. Just another opportunity to get in the world media as a gracious, ddeply humbel altruist. What a load of bollocks. I suggest she get together Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Richard Gere, Bono, and all the other over-priveliged, self righteous spoilt hollywood do-gooders, let them have the obligatory photo with madela, then send them all to man an actual food aid post in the Mogadishu war zone, whilst islamist warlords machine gun the buggers and steal their aid. Rant complete.

      Dango - 2011-10-04 18:46

      You're a jerk, at least she's using her fame to try do something good for someone else. It's not like she was addressing the media on this, she was addressing the UN

      People Hater - 2011-10-04 18:48

      And, Dango, where did YOU read abot this?????????????????

      Mixyez - 2011-10-04 19:59

      Don't meddle with nature, let it runs it's course. All these liberal do gooders achievs is to prolong the agomy of hundreds of thousand of people with absolutly little or no chance of long term survival.

  • Gargmel - 2011-10-04 19:23

    Screw aid, rather teach them farming and irrigation.

      Mixyez - 2011-10-04 20:01

      What about birth control?

      gaharaa - 2011-10-05 00:57

      And culling??? sensible now please people.

      gaharaa - 2011-10-05 01:01

      At least sterilisation. :) This continent doesn't stand a chance. Too many with too little to sustain it. There is no way for it to survive. The best thing for the rest of the world to do is to slowly leave it to die. Maybe, in the end, it will be the best thing for it. Force the people into providing for themselves.

  • Styvie - 2011-10-04 19:34

    AU likes this kind of thing. It makes them look like they have a solution. But they don't. How many of them actually are themselves qualified to lead a country and even know what the boundaries of the gini co-efficient are? Funny, here we have the highest in the world, BEE to cause? The ones who aren't leading are doing behind the scene work to make sure they benefit. Is the president and all the cronies of The Horn of Africa struggling to get food daily? No they fly it in on, from the countries that gave them independence. And that, is of course, if they don't spend most of their time living in those countries, like a lot of other african "leaders" do.

  • numbpty - 2011-10-04 20:29

    I got an idea, Why dont you Angie scrounge around with your wealthy buddies with all their offshore accounts and dig a little deeper than what us average locals can. And donate your left overs to this cause, but please dont whinge when you miss your lavish holidays abroad and expensive toys. I dont give a crap cause it is hard enough looking after no1 at the moment. Oh and when our govenments stop the corruption there might actually be something to donate. Charity starts at home !

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