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Angelina Jolie Pens Powerful Essay Supporting Refugees: 'Everyone Deserves Dignity & Fair Treatment'

Angelina Jolie has written an essay speaking about the refugee crisis.

The 44-year-old actress and director wrote an essay titled “What We Owe Refugees” for TIME Magazine where she highlighted the difference between refugee and migrant.

“Why then has the word refugee acquired such negative connotations in our times?” Angelina writes. “Why are politicians being elected on promises to shut borders and turn back refugees?”

Angelina penned the essay to mark World Refugee Day on June 20th.

“Today the distinction between refugees and migrants has been blurred and politicized,” Angelina writes. “Refugees have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. Migrants have chosen to move, mainly to improve their lives.”

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continues, “Some leaders deliberately use the terms refugee and migrant interchangeably, using hostile rhetoric that whips up fear against all outsiders.”

Earlier this month, Angelina was in Colombia to visit Venezuelan refugee children and urged for the world to support them.

“Everyone deserves dignity and fair treatment, but we need to be clear about the distinction,” Angelina adds. “Under international law, it is not an option to assist refugees, it is an obligation. It is perfectly possible to ensure strong border control and fair, humane immigration policies while meeting our responsibility to help refugees.”

“As we mark World Refugee Day on June 20, it is an illusion to think that any country can retreat behind its borders and simply hope the problem will go away,” Angelina continues. “We need leadership and effective diplomacy. We need to focus on long-term peace based on justice, rights, and accountability to enable refugees to return home.”

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‘s essay marks her first work as a contributing editor for TIME, where she will write about topics including human rights, displacement, and conflict.

You can read Angelina‘s entire essay at TIME.com.

Angelina Jolie is Greeted by Children During Visit to Refugee Camp in Colombia

Angelina Jolie is all smiles as she arrives at a refugee camp at the Venezuelan border on Saturday afternoon (June 8) in Maicao, Colombia.

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning actress spent the afternoon meeting with children and their parents at the refugee camp that shelters over 350 people.

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Angelina has been in Colombia for the past few days asking the United Nations and International Organization for Migration to create more homes from the refugees fleeing Venezuela.

15+ pictures inside of Angelina Jolie at the refugee camp…More Here! »

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Angelina Jolie Visits Venezuelan Refugees, Urges Support for Children

Angelina Jolie chats with children during a visits with Venezuelan refugees on Friday (June 7) in Riohacha, Colombia.

There are over four million Venezuelans who have fled the country and Colombia has taken in the greatest share. Parents of children born abroad have been having trouble registering the birth of their children.

“The president and I spoke of the risk of statelessness for more than 20,000 Venezuelan children, his commitment to always helping children,” Angelina said during a press conference (via Reuters). “We agreed on the urgent need for the international community to give more support to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, who are bearing the brunt of this crisis.”

Angelina Jolie was visiting as part of her role as a special envoy for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Lamar Odom Says He Had a Double Date with Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Lamar Odom has revealed that he once went on a double date with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Lamar explained that the double date went down when he was dating his ex girlfriend Taraji P. Henson.

“On the night of the Golden Globes, Taraji and I went to a restaurant and had dinner with her Benjamin Button costar Brad Pitt and his wife, Angelina Jolie,” Lamar wrote in his new memoir “Darkness to Light.”

Lamar then told Us Weekly that during that double date, he felt like he had a “you made it” moment.

He also spoke about his relationship with Taraji, saying, “I think just to get that love from a black woman, and their perspective of life from her point of view, was important for me at that point in time. Yeah, it was authentic, me and Taraji’s connection. It was authentic. There was no bulls—t about it.”

Here's How Angelina Jolie Celebrated Shiloh's 13th Birthday!

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is officially a teenager and she celebrated her 13th birthday with mom Angelina Jolie in a really cool way!

Sources tell JustJared.com that the Oscar-winning actress did an escape room with Shiloh on Monday night (May 27) at The Basement in Los Angeles.

The Basement is billed as the only escape room in Los Angeles with live actors and is perfect for fans of immersive theater.

Shiloh and the rest of Angelina‘s six kids have joined her on the red carpet several times over the past year. You can see pics in the gallery!

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Angelina Jolie Spreads Her Wings on New 'Maleficent' Poster!

Angelina Jolie is featured on a new “triptych” poster for her movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil alongside co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Elle Fanning!

The Oscar-winning actress plays the title character in the upcoming Disney sequel while Elle reprises her role as Princess Aurora and Michelle takes on the role of Queen Ingrith.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora.

The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

Catch the movie in theaters on October 18 and be sure to watch the new teaser trailer!

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