It's easy to be cynical about charity work undertaken by celebrities when the stars get so much publicity and exposure for their good deeds, but recently released accounts from aid workers have revealed that Angelina Jolie is the real deal.
The workers on the ground who spend months in hostile environments helping those in crisis often have less than flattering things to say about celebrity visits, and how they actually detract from the important work being done, but Jolie's expertise and low-maintenance presence helped her to totally buck this trend.
According to insiders, Jolie takes her job as a UN Ambassador incredibly seriously and is always well read about the dynamics of the often politically complicated situations she flies into.
An unnamed worker for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) recounted his time with Angelina Jolie to The Guardian and explained how:
She knew more about refugees, and had been to more places than I had. She had her own cameraman, so all I had to do was find the locations and the refugees
Along with not inconveniencing aid workers with demands for often over-streched resources such as cameras to document the suffering of refugees to educate the world, Jolie also had the knowledge to stump experts in the field. A long-standing project manager told the British newspaper that:
I was impressed with her in Haiti, in Jordan and in Sri Lanka. She left experts speechless every time
Anyone who follows Jolie's charity work closely will not be surprised by these revelations, but I still think it is important to celebrate an internationally renowned actress who is using her star power for good in the most refreshing way.
Way to go Angelina, and let's hope other celebrities continue to follow in your well-informed footsteps to bring the suffering of displaced people into the spotlight.
(Source: The Guardian)