Angelina Jolie continued her work as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency by visiting a Greek port where thousands of refugees are stranded on Wednesday. The 40-year-old was mobbed by hundreds of migrants when she arrived at the port of Piraeus in Athens.
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Angelina Jolie was mobbed by migrants during a visit to the port of Piraeus
The mother-of-six appeared unfazed by the crowds and gave interviews to press during her visit to the temporary migrant camp, where around 4,000 people are currently living while they wait to either get a place in one of the Greece's rapidly filling shelters or get to the closed border with Macedonia.
Angelina's trip to the port came just a day after she paid an emotional visit to another migrant camp in Lebanon to mark the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. The actress said it is "tragic and shameful" that peace has still not been reached in the region as she braved the rain to tour a camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Angelina said it was "tragic and shameful" that the conflict in Syria hasn't been resolved
Speaking to the press while sitting at a table in the rain, Angelina spoke of her wish to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and help displaced families to return to their homeland.
"On this day, the fifth anniversary of the Syria conflict, that is where I'd hoped to be – in Syria, helping the UNHCR with returns and watching families I have come to know to be able to go home," she said. "It is tragic and shameful that we seem still so far from that point."
Angelina has worked with United Nations for 14 years, and it appears her children could follow in her footsteps to pursue humanitarian work in the future. Shiloh has previously accompanied her mum to visit a camp for Syrian refugees in south-east Turkey to mark World Refugee Day, and recently made a powerful political statement by wearing a jumper emblazoned with the words, "Einstein was a refugee" as she travelled with her siblings and famous mum last week.