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Film Star Angelina Jolie Praises India for Refugee Efforts


Hollywood star and United Nations goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie is praising India for its efforts to help ease the plight of refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and elsewhere in South Asia.

In New Delhi today-Sunday, Jolie discussed the plight of refugees with Indian Junior External Affairs Minister Anand Sharma. She later said India - where nearly a quarter of the nation lives on less than a dollar a day - has gone out of its way to offer sanctuary to refugees.

A United Nations statement said Jolie on Saturday visited a one-room home of a Burmese woman who fled her homeland with her three children after her husband was arrested by Burma's military government. The statement said the woman was one of nearly 18,00 Burmese who have sought refuge in India since 1982.

Jolie is scheduled to return to the western Indian city of Pune this week to continue filming "A Mighty Heart," the story of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan in January of 2002 while gathering information for a report on terrorism. His beheaded body was found five months later in a shallow grave near Karachi.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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