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Angelina Jolie at refugee camp in Chad


June 8, 2004
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Hollywood actress and UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie is in Chad, helping refugees who have fled the war-ravaged Sudanese border region.

The Lara Croft star, who regularly travels to areas of extreme poverty, is pictured here assisting refugees to load their few remaining belongings into trucks. She also spent time talking to Sudanese women, and using her famous smile to the best effect with children being weighed and measured as part of a programme to identify sufferers from malnutrition.

"I love to do the trips I take with the UN," said the mother of one recently. "I learn so much, I feel so full as a person." And though she is an Oscar winner who takes her acting seriously, it's clear that there is a lot more to life for Angelina. In fact, "it would be really hard to be just an actor because I think that's not a very fulfilling life," she admits.

With four films already in the can for 2004, another one shooting, and a role as Catherine the Great looming later in the year, it's not surprising that Angelina wearily refutes any claims of romance with leading men such as Colin Farrell or Brad Pitt."Because I have a son, I'm not getting into any kind of relationship," she says, though she doesn't lack for male companionship.

And with her four-year-old adopted son Maddox off to school in England in September, Angelina is now ready for more kids. Her dream is to have "a bunch of kids" of various nationalities and religions.

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Photo: © Alphapress.com
Angelina helps load refugees' belongings onto trucks at the camp in ChadPhoto: © AFP
Photo: © Alphapress.com
The UNHCR ambassador, who says she loves the trips she does for the organisation, talks with Sudanese women among the refugees fleeing the war-ravaged Sudan border regionPhoto: © AFP

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