Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt donates $1m to help Darfur refugees

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Brad Pitt and lady love Angelina Jolie are doing their bit to help displaced people in the war-torn region of Darfur in Sudan, by donating 1 million dollars to three groups dedicated to helping them.

The money will go to the UN Refugee Agency, the International Rescue Committee and the international NGO, and SOS Children's Villages via the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

UNHCR's Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean, Michel Gabaudian, praised the couple’s donation, and said that it showed that it went a long way in showing people in the region that they had not been forgotten.

“This generous donation comes just months after Angelina Jolie made a personal visit to a refugee camp in Chad and it shows, once again, her and Brad Pitts’ commitment to helping refugees and the displaced. As Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Jolie’s continued support of UNHCR and those we seek to help is a powerful force in ensuring they are not forgotten,” Us Weekly quoted him, as saying.

George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, added: "This donation will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. We are grateful to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for remembering them."

Jolie, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, has visited Darfur thrice, the most recent trip being in late February.

On that trip, she met staff from SOS Children's Villages at the Oure-Cassoni refugee camp.

Speaking about her experience, Jolie had said at the time that she was "struck by the sense of hope she encountered and by the widespread desire for peace-keepers to be deployed in eastern Chad."