“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.”
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