Notes from My Travels : Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador, Paperback

Notes from My Travels : Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia and Ecuador, where she lived and worked and gave her heart to those who suffer the world's most shattering violence and victimization.

Here are her revelations of joy and warmth amid utter destitution, compelling snapshots of courageous and inspiring people for whom survival is their daily work and candid notes from a unique pilgrimage that completely changed the actress's worldview - and the world within herself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 16 pg b-w insert
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Refugees & political asylum
  • ISBN: 9780743470230



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It was okay, I was so obsessed with her when I bought this book,It was sad to read although it's real to what we are sometimes not aware or blind to what is happening in the world.

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I found it a very touching and compelling book. It is about Angelina Jolie's role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and her travels to places like Sierra Leone and Cambodia. If you are interested in Ms. Jolie's humanitarian work or finding out more about the refugees of the world then I think you will appreciate this book.

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This book surprised me. It's obviously meant to be exactly as the title suggests: Notes--there's very little in depth information or discussion of specific situations, though there is enough here to give you a base of background and larger conflicts/situations. As someone who's been reading quite a bit about relief work in the last year, I expected to move through this book quickly. I thought the lack of in depth explanation and personal detail (of those she talked to) would make this somewhat easier to take than some of the other memoir type books I"ve been reading. Simply, I was apparently wrong. About half-way through, I realized that each time I sat down with the book, I was reading fewer and fewer pages. It turns out, the lack of detail means that she covers SO many people, the scope of the situations comes across even more clearly than if she were to bombard us with statistics and names. Moving from paragraph to paragraph with new people and places in each ended up being very affecting for this reader. I'm not sure how much this would have been affected by my previous reading. I think that this book could be read and understood, as well as worthwhile, for readers who don't have the same knowledge I do--but I'm not positive. I will say, though, that one of the most interesting sections here was the journal from Ecuador dealing with Columbians; this was the area I was least familiar with going into the book.In general, I recommend this as a relatively easy read for what it is--the material is far from easy to take, but it is not overly or needlessly graphic, and the journal-type layout makes the book move quickly, at least at first. As I said before though, the farther I got into it, the less I could take in one sitting. Jolie does work at focusing on the positive though, as much as the negative, where she can find it, and this was refreshing, though it may have made the book harder to take simply by the attention to the simple pleasures which are, essentially, the only positives. Regardless, I do recommend it for someone interested in a layman's look into contemporary refugee situations.

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It was good and sad, but Angelina Jolie doesn't really have the writing skills to make it powerful.

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Her journal from her first trips working with the UNHCR. There was so much information almost all of it distressing. There is so much that our media doesn't tell us. In this book she writes about Afghanistan, Cambodia, Seoria Leone , and Columbia. There is so much work to be done.

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