By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Angelina Jolie is getting another Oscar to add to her collection, but this time it has little to do with her phenomenal acting skills and more to do with her humanitarian work! Jolie, who’s won an Oscar and multiple Golden Globes, is now receiving The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her years of service with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as its goodwill ambassador. The award is presented only to those heroic individuals whose selfless actions have contributed greatly to humanitarian causes.
Since 2001, Jolie has participated in missions around the world to meet refugees and survivors of war conflicts and natural disasters. In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, for example, Jolie spoke with children and survivors of tragedy before donating millions of dollars to Doctors Without Borders. This organization was then able to put that money to good use, providing medical assistance to those in need of emergency care.
In June of 2013, Jolie personally traveled to the border of Jordan and Syria on behalf of the UNHCR, bringing global awareness to the millions of Syrian refugees escaping the wartorn country. The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the rebels has drastically affected innocent civilians, forcing them to flee to countries like Jordan and Lebanon. During her time at the border, Jolie talked to refugees and genuinely listened to their sorrowful stories. At the time, approximately 1.6 million had fled the nation, but in September, the UNHCR estimated that over 2 million had abandoned their ruined homes.
So, while we can talk smack on Brangelina and say we’re “Team Jennifer Aniston,” Angelina Jolie’s work and compassion truly sets her apart from other celebrities, and makes her worthy of The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Images courtesy of UNHCR Facebook.