Angelina Jolie is looking back at her humanitarian work.
In a new interview with People, the Oscar-winning actress discussed some of the memorable moments she’s had during her decades long commitment to advocacy and humanitarianism, sharing one particular memory she had of a visit to the Syrian border.
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“This little girl came up to me and offered me some biscuits that she had in her pocket,” Angelina told the outlet. “Knowing what she’d come from, knowing what she was heading into, knowing everything she’d experienced, yet in that moment she wasn’t thinking of herself or everything she had lost.”
She continued, “She wasn’t sitting with self pity. She just saw me—I must have looked tired and she just walked over and thought to just be kind. That’s what makes human beings so wonderful.”
The actress went on to say that she’s learned incredibly important lessons from her humanitarian work.
“My spirit has benefited, my life has benefited, from being allowed to be in the company of people who are surviving very difficult things,” she said. “It’s been a gift to me. I don’t like the idea that it’s some burden, that it’s so nice of somebody to go out of their way to help somebody else. It’s not. I don’t ever see this idea of charity.”
Angelina added that one of the most important lessons came from an Afghan grandmother.
“She was raising her grandchildren because her children had been murdered and she was in a refugee camp,” she recalled. “I remember I started to cry and she said, ‘I don’t need you to cry, I need you to help me.’ That was a big lesson. The thought that sitting and feeling sorry for somebody is this luxury because you can be in your feelings and they don’t have that time to feel sorry for themselves.”
She also discussed her foundation the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project, which began as an effort to remove landmines from areas in Cambodia affected by the conflict and genocide by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.
“Today we help protect a large area of tropical forest in the Cardamom Mountains (southwest part of the country) that is threatened by illegal logging and land encroachment,” Angelina said. “And we fund two clinics and 16 healthcare staff, serving thousands of patients a year, as well as six primary schools and one secondary school. We also run a women’s empowerment program.”
Her two latest projects are the book Know Your Rights, geared toward vulnerable children around the globe, and travelling to D.C. to advocate for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
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