Jolie And Pitt Have Charity Christmas
Crusading Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt gave up a family Christmas at home to spend the day (25DEC06) with refugees in Costa Rica.
Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency, and her partner visited several small businesses set up by Colombian refugees living in the country, before handing out Christmas gifts to families.
They also saw a group of young refugees perform a dance routine and met with the Costa Rican ministers of Labour and Interior, and the vice-minister of Foreign Affairs.
A moved Jolie said, "My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them."
Colombia's four-decade-old conflict has displaced three million people within the country, and forced another half a million to flee abroad.
In Costa Rica there are 11,500 refugees, around 10,000 of which are from Colombia.