Angelina Jolie Pitt Meets 90-Year-Old Myanmar Refugee During Humanitarian Trip to Southeast Asia
Angelina Jolie Pitt is in Myanmar as both a U.N. Refugee Agency Special Envoy and as a co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative
Angelina Jolie Pitt is a woman on a mission.
During her humanitarian trip to Myanmar, Jolie met a remarkably strong woman, a 90-year-old who has been displaced due to unrest about 10 times, at Ja Mai Kaung Baptist refugee camp in Myitkyina, as seen in this exclusive photograph. The refugee was last driven out of her residence in 2011.
As both a United Nations Refugee Agency Special Envoy and a co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie Pitt has a busy schedule during her visit to Myanmar. Her itinerary includes an introduction from House Speaker Shwe Mann, gatherings with Myanmar-based activists, and a meeting with President Thein Sein.
At the outset of her trip, which began on Wednesday, Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE in a statement, “I am looking forward to meeting with many people including women’s groups, civil society, displaced people and youth, to learn firsthand from them about their concerns and hopes for the future of their country.”
Before touching down in Myanmar, Jolie Pitt stopped in Cambodia, the nation where she adopted son Maddox in 2002. In Cambodia, she took a look at two of her charities, the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the Maddox Chivan Children’s Center, and started production on the Netflix film that she is slated to direct, an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by genocide survivor Loung Ung.
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Speaking about the project, Jolie Pitt said to In Phnom Penh, a local newspaper, “The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will identify with and empathize with, and help to teach people about this country that I love and respect, and the Cambodian culture and family life I so admire.”