Angelina Jolie makes 'heartbreaking' trip to Jordan

The 42-year-old actress is known for her humanitarian work, and on Sunday, she made her fifth visit to the middle eastern country to visit the refugees at the desert camp of Zaatari.

FILE: Angelina Jolie, special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner and Dance of the UN Correspondents Association (UNCA). Picture: United Nations

LOS ANGELES - Angelina Jolie has made a "heartbreaking" trip to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees as part of her work as a special envoy for the UN refugee agency.

The 42-year-old actress is known for her humanitarian work, and on Sunday, she made her fifth visit to the middle eastern country to visit the refugees at the desert camp of Zaatari, who have fled into Jordan from the war torn country of Syria.

Speaking after meeting refugee families and teenage girls in community programme ran by United Nations (UN), Jolie said: "It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among Syrian refugees as this war enters its eighth year. I'm very proud. You're very strong, all of you."

Jolie, who is a special envoy for the UN refugee agency, went on to state that the aid being given to refugees is not a "long-term solution" for the crisis, and urged for a "viable political settlement".

The _Maleficent _star - who has Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with her estranged husband Brad Pitt - said: "Humanitarian aid is not a long-term solution. No one wants to get off aid more than a Syrian family.

"A viable political settlement is the only way to create the conditions for Syrians to be able to return to their homes, to end the human suffering and the strain on host countries."

In 2016, the _By the Sea _star visited a refugee camp in Azraq, Jordan, where she urged world leaders to help sort the current crisis.

She said: "This is not a problem of Jordan's making, or that Jordan should be left to bear alone. They have been warning for years that they would reach a point where they on their own could do more. The world has known about the situation in the Berm for months, but no solution has yet been put forward.

"This is symptomatic of the wider problem. For all the good intentions, extraordinary efforts in the field, and the generosity of host communities, it is impossible to say that we, as an international community, are using all the tools at our disposal, or that we have even come close to doing enough to help the Syrian people ...

"So my message to world leaders, as they prepare to gather at the UN General Assembly in 10 days' time, is to ask that the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict, and what it will take to end it, are put at the center of the discussion."