In a heartfelt op-ed piece in The Washington Post the U.N. ambassador calls for international accountability

By Stephen M. Silverman
February 28, 2007 03:10 PM

Angelina Jolie’s latest role is that of foreign correspondent – penning an op-ed piece for Wednesday’s editions of The Washington Post in which she sheds light on the growing violence in Darfur and calls for justice in the region.

In her 868-word report, which carries a dateline from Bahai, Chad, and a cutline that says, “The writer is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees,” Jolie writes, “By every measure – killings, rapes, the burning and looting of villages – the violence in Darfur has increased since my last visit, in 2004. … It was estimated then that more than 1,000 people were dying each week.”

In stating her current aim, she writes, “I hope the international community will intervene, right away, to protect the people of Darfur and prevent further violence. The refugees don’t need more resolutions or statements of concern. They need follow-through on past promises of action.”

PEOPLE reported exclusively over the weekend that Jolie was back in Africa, but that she would not be allowed to actually go to Darfur itself, due to the violent, unstable conditions there.

For Jolie’s complete article, click here.