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Brangelina shine spotlight on plight of hurricane victims

Brangelina shine spotlight on plight of hurricane victims

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt used their star power Saturday to help The Children's Health Fund focus attention on the more than 46,000 children still displaced 2-1/2 years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed their homes.
Jolie said her work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees prompted her to get involved with the effort.
"This is the largest displacement of children in my own country so I want to learn as much as possible," she said.
A report issued earlier this month by the CHF found that 46,000 to 64,000 children affected by the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi were still at risk for a host of medical, mental health and educational problems complicated by a lack of support services.
Pitt and Jolie have been working to help the area recover.
"We're focused on community building," Pitt said. "It's not just about homes. It's not just about building. It's about the lack of focus on education and health care too."
Pitt has pledged more than US$5 million to Make it Right, a project to rebuild 150 homes in the Katrina-devastated Lower 9th Ward, one of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods.


Updated : 2020-12-01 23:31 GMT+08:00