Angelina Jolie visits Libya to deliver aid, ‘express solidarity’ (photos)


U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie meets locals in Misrata, Libya on Tuesday. (Jason Tanner/AP/Press Association )

“I have come to Libya for a variety of reasons, to see a country in transition at every level and to witness efforts to fully realize the promise of the Arab Spring,” Jolie said in a statement to Reuters. “The country faces a host of challenges, including internally displaced people, refugees, rule of law, security, sanitation, education, health and other humanitarian needs.”

While Jolie is a U.N. goodwill ambassador, the Associated Press reports that her trip to Tripoli and Misrata, Libyan cities that have suffered damage from recent battles and airstrikes, was personal in nature.

Libya has undergone radical changes in the past few months as rebels, with help from NATO, fought to oust dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Jolie praised the “extraordinary” Libyans who abandoned their former lives to fight for the revolutionary cause. “They have all lost family members,” she told Reuters. “They've suffered casualties themselves, they've lost limbs themselves and yet they're all really fighting for something they believe in, and for the future of the country for their children, so it's quite moving.”

See more photos of the trip below.


Jolie receives a plaque from residents at her hotel in Misrata during her visit to the war-torn city Wednesday. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)

Jolie visits Libya to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on Tuesday. (UNHCR/GETTY IMAGES)

Jolie talks to unidentified men in Misrata, Libya on Tuesday. (Jason Tanner/AP)

Jolie arrives at a hotel during a visit to Misrata on Tuesday. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)

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