After several changes in her flight schedule, Hollywood star and Special Envoy for UNHCR Angelina Jolie landed in Athens on Wednesday morning. she immediately left for the port of Piraeus in order to take a first hand information about the living conditions of the several thousands refugees camping there.
“I am very happy to be here,” Jolie told journalists.
Young refugees give Angelina Jolie a bracelet.
Video: surrounded by refugees, people shout “Don’t push!”
Greek media report that “She has a permanent smile on her face”
Jolie meeting a volunteer
She will reportedly visit more refugee camps in Attica and will fly to Thessaloniki in the afternoon. From there she is supposed to go to Idomeni and visit the refugees camp.
Video: Refugees cheer Jolie
Angelina Jolie has allegedly requested for a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It is not clear whether Tsipras will grant her an appointment as the Prime Minister is confronted with a huge government crisis, as his coalition government partner Panos Kammenos instists on the resignation of Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas because the latter called FYROM “Macedonia”.
Jolie’s original plan was to visit the Greek island of Lesvos currently hosting some 5,000 refugees. The plan was modified for technical reasons.
At 5 p.m. Angelina Jolie met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his office.
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PS I wouldn’t wonder, if Angelina Jolie applies for the position of the Greek Migration Minister (ok, sorry, bad joke!)