Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Pay a Surprise Visit to Costa Rica

December 26th, 2006 // 5 Comments

While you were spending time with relatives opening presents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were spending their Christmas holiday handing out gifts to refugees in San Jose, Costa Rica. The visit was part of Angelina Jolie’s work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“We had a wonderful Christmas both with the Costa Rican people and the Colombian refugee families we met,” Jolie said in a statement. Her visit was part of her work as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

About 11,500 refugees have come to Costa Rica, most of them from Colombia, where an armed conflict between leftist guerrillas, soldiers and paramilitary forces has forced them to flee, says the UNHCR. All told, an estimated 3 million Colombians have been forced from their homes.

“The conflict in Colombia is the greatest humanitarian tragedy in the Western Hemisphere, but it receives very little international attention,” Jolie said after her arrival in San Jose. “My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them.”

More on Brangelina’s Costa Rican visit after the jump.

Brad & Angelina Spend Christmas with Refugees [People]

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In San Jose, Jolie and Pitt dropped in on several small businesses established by refugees thanks to UNHCR economic initiatives. They also talked with young refugees, learning about the problems they and their families have faced.

“It’s been sad for me to hear so many negative stories that show confusion between refugees, who are the victims of the conflict, and some criminal elements,” Jolie said.

By Jessica Marx

  1. jannre

    I really was hoping that they would move to one of the third world countries, live in a hut, and eat crickets for ever….Im so sick of them calling the press for every move they make…

  2. Melissa

    oh,and thankfully, the press and paparazzi were there so they can be in the news! sheesh!

  3. Charlotte

    I’ve always been a wee bit cynical and most celebrity antics bore and disgust me in equal measure BUT without these high profile visits and without the press there to cover it, who exactly would be paying attention to these issues and areas? Even if you don’t agree with their motives (and I for one don’t know their motives) I think B&A should be applauded for bringing refugee issues to a new and wider audience. There are many passionate and committed people who have dedicated their lives to helping others, but their work goes unnoticed or ignored by the larger global community. Celebrity support serves to raise the profile of the issue at hand and makes it more likely that the work of the dedicated will receive greater support and recognition. In an age when so many of us are consumed by materialistic trivia, greater awareness can only be a good thing

  4. kat

    #3 I agree with you

    #1/#2, you sure are haters

  5. csmith

    Do you ever wonder why it seems as if Jolie and Pitt can never find a good cause, stick with it, and see it through to the end? Jimmy Carter made the comment when Brad Pitt showed up to volunteer for one day with Habitat for Humanity that he only thought Pitt was doing it for the publicity and the photo shoot. Carter did retrack his comment and say that Pitt did work hard for one day but, any cause deserves more than just a short term committment in the end.

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