Angelina Jolie Donates $50,000 to Red Cross for Balkan Flood Relief

Washington DC – May 20, 2014 - Angelina Jolie today made a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross flood relief efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

“Angelina Jolie continues to demonstrate her commitment to those facing crises around the world,” said David Meltzer, chief international officer, American Red Cross. “She is tireless in her efforts to relieve human suffering and we are grateful for her support.”

Ms. Jolie made her donation to the flood relief efforts by the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Red Cross of Serbia through the American Red Cross.

"It is tragic that a region that has seen so much conflict and devastation has now been struck by natural disaster on this scale,” Jolie said. “My thoughts are with all the families that have seen their homes and livelihoods swept and away and lost loved ones.

“I am particularly concerned by the immediate threat to life posed by mines and unexploded ordinance in areas that have been ravaged by the floods. The damage left by the war is literally lying just beneath the surface of the country, and the international community must take action to help secure these areas.

“It is inspiring see people in both countries come together to support their neighbors and fellow citizens. It is time for all of us to do the same, and to step up and help with the recovery.

“As well as addressing immediate needs, a long-term effort will be needed to repair homes and rebuild infrastructure. We must all be ready to stand by these communities for the long-haul,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Balkans have been affected by these devastating floods. The Red Cross has been actively engaged in rescue operations, providing relief and helping setting up centers for those evacuated. To support these relief efforts please visit redcross.org and click on the cause donation form.

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