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    Angelina Jolie Tears Up at U.N. Awards, Says Refugees Taught Her to Be Better Mother

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    In an effort to continue doing it all, Angelina Jolie put on her humanitarian hat today as she honored a Yemeni aid group at the U.N. Refugee Agency Awards in Switzerland.

    The mother of many had nothing but inspiring words to say about the Geneva-based agency and Yemen's Society for Humanitarian Solidarity, which won the agency's top annual award for helping thousands of Somali refugees and migrants who flee to Yemen in smuggler's boats across the Gulf of Aden.

    Jolie was also recognized for her work as an U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for the past 10 years.

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    "The desperation fueled by a vicious combination of drought, famine and conflict has driven tens of thousands of people from the Horn of Africa. And we must not forget what is happening in this part of the world," Jolie said at the event.

    "We must try to imagine how desperate these people must be, when their only alternative is to risk death at sea and put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers."

    And if you think this whole international humanitarian thing is going to come to an end for Jolie, you're very wrong.

    Being a part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees staff since 2001, the star exclaims how she looks forward to being a part of the UNHCR for another 10 years.

    "Most of all I'm so grateful—I don't want to cry—to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with," she said, "From them I've learned so much. I've learned to be a better person, a better mother. They've inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit."

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