Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt have donated one million dollars towards the humanitarian effort assisting more than four million people affected by the crisis in Darfur.
The donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation will go to three agencies playing key roles in Darfur and neighboring Chad: the UN Refugee Agency; the International Rescue Committee and the international NGO, SOS Children’s Villages. All three agencies are active in providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to the more than two million people displaced within Darfur and the 240,000 refugees from Darfur living in camps in eastern Chad.
Jolie has visited the region three times. During her recent visit to the Oure-Cassoni camp she said she was struck by the sense of hope she encountered and by the widespread desire for peace-keepers to be deployed in eastern Chad.
It was in Oure-Cassoni, where Jolie met staff working for SOS Children’s Villages, who are providing psychological assistance to traumatized children.
SOS Children’s Villages was founded in 1949 to provide families for orphaned and abandoned children. Today there are over 450 villages in 132 countries around the world. SOS builds families for children in need, helps them shape their own futures and shares in the development of their communities. Please visit http://www.sos-usa.org/.