Angelina Jolie urges efforts to rebuild Mosul: 'Worst devastation I've seen'

Angelina Jolie

Jolie - a special envoy for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency - called on the worldwide community to help rebuild and stabilize the Iraqi city, where she said many people still have no running water, medicine or assistance to rebuild their homes. The Hollywood actress arrived in the city on the second day of Eid, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The UNHCR website stated that this was Jolie's 61st mission and her fifth visit to Iraq with the agency since 2001.

Photos and video provided by organization show Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency, walking among ruined buildings and bombed streets in West Mosul, where she met with residents of the city.

"They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services", she said. They're here on their own with very little support - next to nothing. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul in July 2017.

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets Falak, 8, during a visit to West Mosul, Iraq June 16, 2018.

But the old city in West Mosul was largely destroyed during a campaign by a 100,000-strong alliance of Iraqi government units, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militias backed by air support from a USA -led coalition.

As CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reported at the time, Mosul was a hard-won victory, and it cost thousands of Iraqi lives. "And there is unexploded ordinance", Jolie said.

"We have learnt in Iraq before and elsewhere in the region the dangers of leaving a void". "These people have lost everything, and the trauma and the loss that they've suffered is unparalleled".


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