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28 April 2007 :: 14:04:13 pm 4796

Angelina Jolie Urges More Spending On Children Worldwide

Angelina Jolie appeared with four others at the opening of the Washington headquarters of Global Action for Children, a group that was founded in 2003 and is a nonpartisan advocacy agency, supported by a collection of charities, religious groups, and nongovernmental organizations.
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Angelina Jolie has done her part, through several charities and adopting three children of her own, and now she’s asking others to do more to help orphans around the world. Jolie helped an orphans advocacy group establish its headquarters in our nation’s capital this week and, on Thursday, Angelina pushed for more U.S. aid for education in developing countries.

Angelina Jolie was there and speaking this week is because the Global action for Children group wants the Bush administration to commit an additional $2.5 billion a year to education in developing countries and to aiding orphans. Jennifer Delaney, the group’s executive director, told the Associated Press, “The crisis has far outpaced the funding.”

Angelina Jolie said, “This is a happy day because it is not often enough that these children are represented in this town.” Jolie noted that orphan children can sometimes beat the odds and survived, but she also spoke about the very dark fate that sometimes meets orphans in developing countries, including ones that are enslaved, have to resort to prostitution, or are even forced to become child soldiers in warring countries. Angelina also spoke about how orphans and children can be easily recruited or forced to join terrorist organizations.

Jolie told reporters “The numbers associated with this problem are staggering. It is overwhelming and the scale of the problem seems to give many an excuse for inaction. In many ways it is better to think of these children one by one, each deserving of our care and attention, each being of equal value and each being a test of whether justice-or injustice-will prevail.”

“This is a happy day because it is not often enough that these children are represented in town. Our government has the power to choose which path these children are going to take. We know the consequences of our inaction. I am here simply to ask you to think about orphaned children not as a burden but as a great opportunity. Their education is an investment in our future…They have had to work very, very hard to survive, but when they are given a chance, they grow strong, stronger than most…The Lost Boys of Sudan are a great example.” Jolie added.

To answered someone who asked her an interesting question, if she might become so political over the years that she could eventually run for office. Angelina said “I certainly don’t think anybody wants that.” Considering her worldwide involvement in issues and how much she could get accomplished with her superstar status, that may have been the most inaccurate thing that Angelina Jolie said all day. Jolie did note that, although she has adopted three orphan children, she’s not asking anyone to go that far, saying “The best solution for anyone who is abandoned or displaced is to be home (in their own countries). I would support that first and foremost.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt teamed up and formed their own charity, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, last year and donated $1 million to GAC and Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders. Jolie recently traveled to Chad to meet with refugees of the Darfur area and, right after that, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $100,000 to the Duk Lost Boys Clinic, a medical facility overseen by the Direct Change’s Sudan Project. Brad Pitt executive-produced a documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan called God Grew Tired of Us. Many celebrities talk about helping the world and support causes, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are arguably more involved in actually giving money and time to change the world than anyone else in their business.

Reporter : Sirithanon   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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