Angelina Jolie Appears in Ceremony Hosted by U.N. Refugee Agency (PHOTOS)

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  • UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie attends an annual meeting of UNHCR's governing executive committee in Geneva
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (2nd L) attends an annual meeting of UNHCR's governing executive committee in Geneva October 4, 2011.
  • UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during an annual meeting of UNHCR's governing executive committee in Geneva
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie speaks during an annual meeting of UNHCR's governing executive committee in Geneva October 4, 2011.
  • Angelina Jolie presents Nansen prize at UN ceremony in Geneva
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres present the Nansen prize to Yemen's Society for Humanitarian Solidarity and its founder, Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy (not pictured) at a ceremony in Geneva October 3, 2011. Jolie made a surprise appearance on Monday night at the U.N. refugee agency's ceremony to honour the Yemeni aid group credited with rescuing thousands of desperate Somali and other African refugees who arrive in southern Yemen each year.
  • Founder of Yemen's SHS Al-Hamairy speaks after receiving Nansen prize from Angelina Jolie in Geneva
    Founder of Yemen's Society of Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS) Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy (L) speaks after receiving the Nansen prize from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (R) and High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (2nd R) at a ceremony in Geneva October 3, 2011. Jolie made a surprise appearance on Monday night at the U.N. refugee agency's ceremony to honour the Yemeni aid group credited with rescuing thousands of desperate Somali and other African refugees who arrive in southern Yemen each year.
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Angelina Jolie appeared on Monday night at a ceremony hosted by a U.N. refugee agency. The ceremony was organized to award a Yemeni aid group named Society for Humanitarian Solidarity and its founder Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy with the annual Nansen prize, because they give lifesaving aid to help thousands of Somali and African refugees fleeing for Yemen to survive in every year.

Jolie agreed with the U.N. refugee agency’s decision to give 290 staff of the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity, together with its founder Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy the prize because they have risked their own lives to save many others every year, according to Washington Post.

Jolie has been working as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador for ten years. During the last ten years, she had appeared in hotspots, calling people to give aid to people, who are desperate and trying to escape from war-torn area in Somalia, for more than 40 times.

We must not forget what is happening in this part of the world. We must not forget how desperate they are when the only alternative is to risk death at sea and put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers, Jolie, who was dressed in a long-sleeved white dress and heels, said to the crowd at the ceremony.

The staff of the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity often risk their own lives, pulling people from the seas, she added. Sadly and all too often they also bury the dead. But there is no doubt there would be far fewer survivors if it were not for the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity and the team's devotion to humanity. We thank them.

“The desperation fueled by a vicious combination of drought, famine and conflict has driven tens of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa,” Jolie said.

Jolie claimed that she is willing to work another 10 years as a UNHCR goodwill ambassador. “It is an honor to work on behalf of refugees, and I look forward to the next 10 years,” Us Weekly reported.

“Most of all I’m so grateful — I don’t want to cry — to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with,” she said.

“From them I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned to be a better person, a better mother. They’ve inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit.”

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