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April 5, 2011

Angelina on the Tunisia/Libya Border

photo: J. Tanner/UNHCR

If you follow their site (and they have a considerable PR/photo operation), the UN has a real jones for celebrities.

I’m not saying Angelina doesn’t have an impact, but this photo (AJ uptight, the Somali refugee like a deer in the headlights, both looking in opposite directions) is just forced and exploitive.  If there was an outpouring of generosity like Angelina says, this isn’t saying it.

I’d say this UN image is more effective.

(caption: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie meets Somali refugees today at Choucha Camp, located near the Tunisian-Libyan border.)

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