Dear Ms. Jolie, 5 January, 2009
On behalf of our organization, I am writing to express our
deepest appreciation to you for the great dedication you have shown
in your work as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
Your willingness and determination to travel so extensively to
the most desperately troubled parts of the world has won the
greatest admiration from all of our staff. Furthermore, your
efforts have inspired us to make our very best effort to do whatever
we can to alleviate the plight of the 35 million refugees who have
been displaced by the effects of war and disease.
Not only do you very admirably fulfill your duties as Goodwill
Ambassador by lifting the spirit of those you visit and calling
attention to their needs, but you also extend yourself further by
making personal donations to refugee camps. Among the many
contributions you have made is the building of a school for girls in
Kenya. Now young girls who might otherwise have had little
opportunity to learn and develop their skills, will have the chance
to realize their potential. We echo the words of UNHCR
staffer, Kofi Mable who said, "With this help, and the construction
of this school, future generations of girls will be saved."
Despite the demands of a very active career in the acting
profession, it is clear that you have dedicated time in your life to
put your talents in the service of those who suffer. Along
with UNHCR representative to Kenya, George Okoth-Obbo,who spoke
these words at a ceremony at which you were honoured, "It is
wonderful and humbling that someone so busy should find time to come
here, to use her renown, her artistry, her presence, just to bring
some joy into what is undoubtedly a hard life for many of the people
here," he said.
For all your contributions, we extend our very deepest
Director of Goodwill Ambassador Outreach
Ms Angelina Jolie
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees