Angelina Jolie became emotional as she described the children she has met in her work with the United Nations in war-torn areas around the world. Angie, 34, is devoting more and more time to her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children.
But she was moved to tears during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was interviewing her about World refugee Day. She recalled one occasion when she met a 15-year-old boy.
"There was a young boy I met who was about 15 who had been shot in the back and paralyzed. And, and his whole family had been killed. And he was completely on his own.
"And… and, yet, he had this really remarkable, unbreakable spirit, a spirit beyond anything I can imagine having. The things we complain about on a daily basis, he had lost everything, and was just so full of laughter and kindness. And… and he passed away a few months after I was there.
"So I always wondered, you know, it's those kind of young people that you meet. And you just think, God, in any other situation, if this person had been given a chance, what an extraordinary adult he would have been.
”How extraordinary for his country, for his family, if he had ever had a chance to have one. But instead, he had so many horrible things happen to him in his life.
"But he taught me a lot about just the strength, the spirit. I think of him, and I can't complain about anything. I can't -- I can't do anything but be grateful for what I have.
”Because he was grateful, and he had nothing and had suffered everything. And there are millions like him. So there are many, many stories."
In May Angelina appeared at the Hague, to watch the trial of a Congolese warlord, facing child abuse charges for enlisting children as soldiers.
The practice is widespread throughout warring regions of Africa, where children as young as 12-years-old are given weapons, often beaten and trained to fight.
Often high on drugs, they are sent into battle and made to wage brutal warfare, often on innocent civilians.
Jolie, a United Nations goodwill ambassador for its refugee agency, UNHCR, exchanged glares with Thomas Lubanga, who was on trial at the International Criminal Court. Jolie, a mother of six, called the case a "landmark trial for children."
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