In The News – Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt give UN agency $1 million

3 07 2009

By Associated Press

June 18th, 2009

Brad and Angelina at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France

Brad and Angelina at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Picture by Francois Mori

Geneva: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $1 million to the UN refugee agency providing aid to hundreds of thousands uprooted by violence in Pakistan.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it is grateful for the donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. It said Thursday the money will go to alleviating suffering caused by the “most challenging humanitarian crisis of the past decade.”

UNHCR says over two million Pakistanis have been driven from their homes this year by fighting between government troops and Taliban militants in the northwest of the country.

Jolie has visited refugees in Pakistan on three missions since becoming goodwill ambassador for the agency in 2001. The Oscar-winning actress took Pitt with her on one such visit in 2005.


My turn: You might be wondering why this story is posted on a motivational website.  Well, not all of the stories on here are “motivational”.  Some of them are inspirational and some of them might just make you smile.  I had to post this news article because to me it is inspirational.  It shows that there is hope in the world and that people care for others.  Too many times you flip on the news and you only see negative stories about drugs, murder, and other various crimes.  Here is a perfect example of two, well-respected celebrities who are giving back to society.  I love stories like these!

Your turn: Why do you think that the news seems to only focus on the negatives in society?  Did anybody hear about this on tv or read about it online?  What are you doing to make a difference?