Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Jolie visits mine clearance charity

Angelina Jolie meets Guy Willoughby, co-founder and director of the Halo Trust
A scene in George Square in Glasgow as filming of World War Z continues

Hollywood star 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.

Jolie 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.

Jolie 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.

Filming of zombie movie World War Z continued in Glasgow city centre.

Extras could be seen running in panic as the shoot took place in the George Square area while actors dressed as soldiers manned tanks and barricades.

Part of the city has been transformed into Philadelphia for the filming, with American cars, police vehicles and yellow taxis lining the streets.