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Jolie ‘touched Syrian refugees with warmth’

Angelina Jolie’s recent visit to Lebanon reportedly “meant a lot” to Syrian refugees in the country.

Just days after appearing on the red carpet with fiancé Brad Pitt in London at the 2014 BAFTA Awards February 16, Angelina hopped on a plane to Lebanon to visit a refugee camp.

According to Radar Online, the United Nations Special Envoy faced the threat of “suicide bombing” upon her arrival to “the area [that] is really in tumult”.

“Angelina took literally one of the hardest roads to get to the camp,” a source explained.

“It’s full of mud and dirt, and the camp is pretty distant from Beirut.”

When she arrived, the 38-year-old actress-and-diplomat was reportedly accompanied by a female translator and two foreign female photographers.

She is said to have immediately visited a tent occupied by orphans ranging from infants to teenagers, where she spent “quite a while” speaking to them.

“Angelina asked them about their needs and what they would like to have. They requested food: a bit of rice and bread. And maybe some mattresses,” the insider detailed.

“The living conditions of these refugees are horrible, and it meant a lot to them that Angelina took time to ask how she could make things better.

“[The displaced survivors] had no idea who Angelina was or what she does.

“They just said they could feel her warmth. One said, ‘Her light touched us.’”

This is the third time the actress has visited Lebanon since being promoted from Goodwill Ambassador to UN Special Envoy in 2012.

Angelina has recently spoken about her trip in a statement.

‘‘Meeting these children was a heart-rending experience,’’ she said.

Lebanon is currently hosting an estimated 1 million Syrian refugees within their borders, which is about 25% of the country’s entire population.

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