Angelina Jolie's Visit to Tunisia Sparks Near-Riot
Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie is no stranger to visiting troubled areas, having made previous trips to the Congo and Haiti, but her visit to Shousha Camp in Tunisia today put the actress in a dangerous situation when her presence sparked a mini riot.
Jolie headed to the Tunisia-Libya border camp where she spoke with refugees who've been displaced because of unrest in Libya.
According to an X17 photographer, the humanitarian made her way through the camp where excited Libyan refugees chanted, "Angelina Jolie, we want to die for you!" The overwhelming crowd moved in on Jolie in a situation the photographer described as "intense."
Angelina was forced to take shelter in a tent that guarded by 30 military personnel equipped with machine guns. There were no reported injuries. Jolie canceled a visit to a hospital in Tunisia on security concerns.
Jolie spoke of the need for greater international support, telling the press, "The international community has done well to reinforce Tunisia's remarkable relief effort. But with 2,000 people still crossing each day, we cannot let the funding dry up and we need to sustain the momentum."