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Angelina Jolie - UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador asks you to Text SWAT to 50555 to donate $10

Posted by mGive Team on Aug 31, 2010 10:08:00 AM

    

Text SWAT to 50555 to Donate $10 to UNHCR. Your donation will help provide tents, blankets and emergency aid to displaced families in Pakistan

Angelina Jolie, the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released a video today that urges Americans to text SWAT to 50555 to donate $10 to the UNHCR. The donations will help provide tents, blankets and emergency aid to over 20 million people in Pakistan affected by the flooding.

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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," Jolie says.

Monsoon rains continue to sweep across parts of Pakistan displacing thousands daily.  The bloated Swat river has burst its banks inundating the rich agricultural region. Of some 25 bridges in Swat there are reports that 22 have been completely washed out as flood waters wash downstream towards the Kabul and Indus rivers.

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.

Please join Angelina Jolie and the UNHCR in their effort to aid Pakistan. Text SWAT to 50555 to donate $10.


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