Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Jolie visits mine clearance charity

Angelina Jolie has visited the Halo charity in Scotland

Angelina Jolie has used her time in Scotland to visit the global headquarters of a charity which specialises in the removal of the hazardous debris of war.

Angelina is visiting the country with her partner Brad Pitt as he shoots the film World War Z in various locations, including Glasgow and Grangemouth.

The pair are long-standing supporters of the Halo Trust, having visited a number of projects in war-torn and mine-impacted countries.

Angelina took the opportunity to visit the trust's headquarters in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, on Saturday for the first time.

She was given a briefing by senior Halo staff on the current landmine problem and heard about the kind of work they are doing.

She said: "It was a privilege to visit the Halo headquarters and meet their committed staff.

"In the aftermath of war, Halo's mine-clearing efforts are fundamental to a safe return and community building."

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has provided "hundreds of thousands of pounds" worth of financial support to Halo, funding humanitarian mine clearance teams in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Angelina and Brad also visited the National Trust for Scotland's Hill House in Helensburgh.

Staff showed the pair around the Charles Rennie Macintosh-designed building, which was built for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie between 1902 and 1904. Brad told staff he was a "big fan" of Macintosh's work.

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