December 12, 2005 12:00 PM

MISSION TO PAKISTAN

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s humanitarian world tour rolls on. After lobbying on behalf of vulnerable children in Washington, D.C., the couple flew to Geneva for United Nations briefings on refugees displaced by the Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistan, which has killed more than 73,000 people and left an estimated 3.3 million homeless. Then, on Nov. 24, they flew to Pakistan for a firsthand look. “You watch TV, you see the pictures, but nobody at home has any idea what the reality looks like,” Jolie told reporters. “It is just unbelievable.” During the three-day trip, Jolie—a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency—and Pitt toured devastated areas, unloaded supplies, visited a hospital and toured a U.S. Army MASH unit in Muzaffarabad. “She was very interested in the patients,” says Maj. Soo Lee Davis, the unit’s operations officer. Jolie also pleaded for relief funds to come before the onset of winter. “[Angelina] is strong, intelligent and courageous,” says Antonio Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. “She’s a voice on behalf of refugee people.”

NEXT STOP: TOKYO

After their visit to Pakistan, Pitt and Jolie got back to the business of being movie stars. With her two children, Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 11 months, they flew to Japan for the debut of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. There they made time for family—Jolie rented out a restaurant for dinner and shopped for goodies at Kiddyland, a popular Tokyo toy store—and joked with local press. “I’m the one who takes a long time with hair and makeup,” Pitt quipped to reporters. To which his glamorous girlfriend replied, “I agree.”

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