With Syria's refugee crisis reaching epic proportions, actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie visited displaced residents Tuesday at a camp in Jordan. The trip draws attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled their country during 18 months of relentless bloodshed. More than 81,000 refugees have escaped to Jordan, and many more have fled to neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.
"I am grateful to Jordan and the border countries for saving the lives (of those) who are dying in Syria. It's an extraordinary thing," Jolie said at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq. She relayed horror stories of what children said they witnessed, such as body parts that had been pulled apart "like chicken."
"We encourage the international community to support the people here until one day they go back home," Jolie said. But the flood of refugees has tested the capacity of neighboring countries. "Jordan has already reached its limit in absorbing the refugee influx, and what is needed now is to build more refugee camps for the Syrian refugees," Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said. "We have limited means, but this is the land of the good people and we will share with them whatever we have, no matter how little is."