While some wonder what's up with her and Brad, the actress fulfills her U.N. role

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 09, 2005 08:00 AM

While questions linger as to what’s going on in the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie relationship, she focused on matters close to her heart this weekend in her role as United Nations goodwill ambassador – making an emotional appeal on behalf of millions of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

“I ask the international community to do more to fund and to help shoulder the burden of this part of the world,” she said on Saturday.

Jolie spent four days touring sprawling refugee camps near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, meeting Friday with President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, reports the Associated Press. She also stressed the need to develop war-battered Afghanistan so refugees can go home and build new lives.

“I met a woman who was about to get on a truck with a small baby,” Jolie, 29, said. “I do not know how she is going to survive, and how she will be able to make a living, to find food, to find health care. So it is very, very difficult, but many people are moving back.”

Since the fall of the extreme Taliban regime in late 2001, an estimated 2.3 million Afghans have gone back to their country under a U.N.-supported repatriation program. More than 3 million others remain in camps and cities in Pakistan.