There are many things that make us better people, better citizens, and better parents. Sometimes you can quantify what those aspects are, other times it’s just a subtle mix of influences. Mom Angelina Jolie knows a big influence and thanked one group of people for directly having an effect on her and making her not just a better woman but also made her a better mother. Who did she thank and what did she say?
At the United Nations Refugee Agency Awards on Monday, the Switzerland-based Yemen Society for Humanitarian Solidarity was honored for assisting thousands of Somali refugees to escape the war torn and famine hit country.
Angelina who works with the agencies – stated, “I’m so grateful I don’t want to cry to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with.” She added, “from them I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned to be a better person, a better mother. They’ve inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit.”
This is a cause that is very dear to Angelina. She spoke of the plight of the Somali people saying: “The desperation fuelled by the vicious combination of drought, famine and conflict has driven tens of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa. And we must not forget what is happening in this part of the world. “We must try to imagine how desperate the people must be, when their only alternative is to risk death and sea and put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers.”
And while honoring the charitable organizations that she helps out, they also had very nice things to say in return. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said: “She is the very best of the goodwill ambassadors that exist in the humanitarian world.”