Angelina Jolie to visit Haiti with UN refugee body

Angelina Jolie to visit Haiti with UN refugee body

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In this photo released by the Dominican Republic Presidency, US actress Angelina Jolie speaks with the Dominican Republic's President Leonel Fernandez, unseen, during her visit to the National Palace in Santo Domingo, Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. Jolie previously visited a hospital in the Dominican capital, where women and children that survived Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake are being treated. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Pantaleon, Dominican Republic Presidency)

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 5:47 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Angelina Jolie began two days of meetings with Haiti earthquake victims Tuesday in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency.

The actress, representing the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, met with U.N. officials in Port-au-Prince and visited an SOS Villages camp for orphans outside the capital, where she was cheered by Haitians yelling, "Angie! Angie!"

That same camp took care of 33 Haitian children after a U.S.-based Baptist group was arrested at the Dominican border trying to take the kids out of the country. It wasn't known if Jolie spoke with any of the children, and journalists were kept at a distance throughout her visit.

The American missionaries have been accused of trying to take the children out of Haiti without proper documentation. The group says it was heading to a Dominican orphanage following Haiti's quake and had only good intentions.

Jolie also toured a Doctors Without Borders hospital in a Port-au-Prince suburb, waving to onlookers. She and husband Brad Pitt have contributed $1 million to Doctors Without Borders for its emergency medical operations in Haiti.

Jolie was meeting with Haitians employed in quake debris cleanup through a joint U.N.-U.S. Agency for International Development program before spending the night at a Brazilian military camp outside the city.

On Wednesday, Jolie planned to visit the southern city of Jacmel, a camp for people made homeless by the quake, as well as a Save the Children relief supply center before returning to Port-au-Prince and leaving for the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Jolie has previously visited Iraq, Thailand, Pakistan and other countries with UNHCR.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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