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'You Can Smell the Bodies in Rubble:'Angelina Jolie Visits Mosul, Iraq

© REUTERS / UNHCR/Andrew McConnell / UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits the Old City in West Mosul, Iraq June 16, 2018
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits the Old City in West Mosul, Iraq June 16, 2018 - Sputnik International
The Hollywood star and UN Ambassador shared her shock over “the worst devastation,” she has ever seen, as she visits the Iraqi city, which has remained in ruins since the reported liberation from Daesh* militants with the help of the US-led coalition last year.

A-list US celebrity Angelina Jolie, who is also a Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has called on the international community to help the people in the war-torn Iraqi city of Mosul, which was only second to Baghdad in terms of population before the war.

The Hollywood star walked through the ruins of the destroyed Old City and talked to the local families, who were striving to survive, rebuild their homes and get back to a normal life after three years of Daesh* occupation, a nine-month siege, airstrikes which reduced neighborhoods to rubble and street-battles which pitted Islamic radicals against the Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition. The US actress, who was visiting Iraq for the fifth time, described the damage done to the ancient city as “the worst devastation” she had seen in all her 17 years working with UNHCR.

“There are bodies in this rubble that stay here and you can smell the bodies and some of them have family members that are here and they are unable to move them,” she said in a statement.

READ MORE: I Buried My Dear Ones in My Own House — Mosul Resident (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

She stressed that people there have been traumatized and lost everything; that they were left with no homes, no medicine for their children, and often with no running water or basic services, nor assistance to rebuild their homes. She called the conditions in West Mosul “appalling,” with camps near the city full and whole areas flattened.

She reprimanded the international community for the assumption that, “when the fighting is over, the work is done.”

“I recognize the great sacrifices made in the liberation of Mosul. I hope there will be a continued commitment to rebuilding and stabilizing the whole of the city. And I call on the international community not to forget Mosul and not to turn their attention away from its people,” she said, pointing out that Iraq had taught US leaders “the dangers of leaving a void.”

Her tour made international headlines and stirred up the social media, as many Twitter users shared her devastation and praised Jolie for her active compassion.

Others used her trip to take aim at Trump.

Some, however, criticized Jolie for what they considered hypocrisy…

…and slammed the US for the Iraqi interference, which led, according to them, to the destruction of the region and “appalling” consequences.

*Daesh is a terror organization, banned in Russia and many countries around the world.

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