Angelina Jolie
Actress Angelina Jolie (R) smiles at Syrian refugee children after a news conference at Azraq refugee camp for Syrians displaced by conflict, near Al Azraq city, Jordan, September 9, 2016. Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Angelina Jolie, who is a UN Special Envoy for Refugees, visited the refugee camps in northern Jordan over the weekend and can’t help but get emotional while speaking about the displaced children who have been greatly affected by the conflict in Syria.

After hearing the heartbreaking stories of families who were forced to move out of their homes in a desperate search for safety, the 41-year-old actress held a press conference and gave a powerful speech. As she spoke about the displaced innocent children, the actress couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like for her own children to go through such horrible experiences.

“There are children here who remember no life other than this harsh, desert environment and barbed wire fences,” she told reporters. “There are teens here who bear terrible physical and mental wounds of the conflict – over half of all refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age. Like any other parent, it is impossible for me not to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation, and it breaks my heart.”

The actress has six children of her own with actor Brad Pitt: Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

Jolie’s goal is to raise awareness on the refugee camps before the UN General Assembly scheduled later this week. She wants the conference to focus on “the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict and what it will take to end it.”

“After five years, refugees do not want to know by what percentage their lives might be made fractionally more bearable, but when they will be able to go home,” she explained. "They do not want to be the passive recipients of aid, they want a political solution.”

“I wish families in Jordan, and across this region, Eid Mubarak. And to those for whom it is not a time of joy and celebration, but of exile, grief and hardship – my thoughts are with you,” she continued.

This is the actress’ fourth visit to the camps since the appalling conflict began five years ago.