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Angelina Jolie leaves UN refugee agency after 20 years

Jolie, who has been on more than 60 field assignments during her 21 years with UNHCR, said she wanted to keep working with refugees outside of the global body.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will quit her role as a special envoy for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), but will remain a humanitarian activist, the United Nations said on Friday.

Jolie, who has been on more than 60 field assignments during her 21 years with UNHCR, said she wanted to keep working with refugees outside of the global body.

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“I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people,” Jolie said in a statement announcing her departure.

“After 20 years working within the UN system, I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organisations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions,” she said.