"Every man I met talked about the lashes and punishments inflicted by the extremists. The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses. It is deeply upsetting that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.” --Angelina Jolie, #UnitedNations
Refugee Agency (#UNHCR
) Special Envoy,
met displaced families in West Mosul, #Iraq
, as they return to the devastated city after its liberation from ISIS.
She is pictured here with Falak, an eight-year-old girl who has a gene disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Falak told Jolie that she had seen a man killed in front of her during the ISIS occupation of the city. Less than a year after its liberation, much of West Mosul still lies in ruins.
Speaking in Mosul, Special Envoy Jolie said: "I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this. But that is what the people of this city are doing. They are grief-stricken and traumatized, but they are also hopeful. They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance." The visit marked Angelina Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
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