The UN Refugee Agency

September 01, 2010 09:00 ET

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie Says More Help Needed for Pakistan's Flood Victims

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  (UNHCR) -- UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has appealed for greater public support for efforts to provide humanitarian relief to the millions of people who lives have been devastated by the floods inundating much of Pakistan.

In her video message the actress points to the sheer scale of the disaster. "One-fifth of Pakistan is under water and the threat of disease now looms for 20 million affected people. This is not just a humanitarian crisis; it is an economic and social catastrophe. UNHCR is on the ground. The more support we can give, the greater number of tents, food, clean water, and medicine will get to the people in need," she says.

The message, which was released today across the United States, says those wanting to help can donate $10 by texting the word SWAT to 50555 or by visiting

UNHCR teams in Pakistan have provided shelter and other emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the disaster. But with nearly 20 million people estimated to have been affected, the needs of the victims are outpacing the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide assistance. Last week the UN Refugee Agency revised upwards it global appeal for the Pakistan flood operation to $120 million from $ 41 million.

Angelina Jolie has made three trips to Pakistan since becoming a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and at the outbreak of the current crisis donated $ 100,000 to the agency for its assistance work in the country.

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