BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 A.M.) – Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met with a Syrian refugee mother and her children while visiting Domiz Syrian refugee camp in Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Monday.
Ronia, the Syrian refugee, was among those who fled the country after the start of the conflict nearly six years ago and has since been raising her five young daughters on her own.
“My husband suffered from thalassaemia… He died as there was no treatment here,” said Ronia whose own daughters suffer from the same genetic blood disorder and need regular blood transfusions.
Jolie commended the Syrian mother for her resilience, saying: “Somehow she’s managed to have a home that feels so warm and full of love and her children smiling.”
This was Jolie’s 61st mission on behalf of the UNHCR, her fifth in Iraq and third in Domiz.