Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador

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Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and EcuadorNotes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador by Angelina Jolie
Published by Bombus-Verlag on 2004
Pages: 256
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Notes from My Travels is a collection of journal excerpts kept by actress Angelina Jolie in 2001-2002 detailing her experiences travelling to troubled Third World regions in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The book was published in 2003, concurrent with the release of Beyond Borders, a film in which she plays a character who eventually works for UNHCR. It was also during the timeframe of writing these journals that Jolie adopted her Cambodian-born son, Maddox.

Notes from My Travels details Jolie's visits to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador.

Jolie donated her proceeds from the book to the UNHCR.

I found this whilst searching for a book about the Cambodian temples and bought it to learn more about all the land mine victims I keep seeing in Siem Reap, busking.

The book is as described, a collection of notes Angelina made whilst visiting refugees in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador, visiting the refugees themselves, talking with them, learning about them and asking them what they want and need and how they can be helped.

It’s an easy read, but a dark one, as she interviews people that have lost their families to war and limbs to land mines whilst travelling with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and actually helping out where she can, despite the dangers.

The book is over 10 years old now, but definitely recommend it to give you a glimpse of what we don’t see on the news. Hopefully the refugees Angelina met have been helped but I imagine there are now even more that have taken their place.

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