Jolie Addresses Pakistan Aid Corruption Fears

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September 8, 2010 | 2:50pm EST

Angelina Jolie has stepped up her plea for donations to aid the victims of Pakistan’s devastating floods, calling on people to move past fears of corruption to help those in desperate need.

The Hollywood beauty travelled to the country this week to visit flood victims in her capacity as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

And witnessing the plight of the nation first-hand has inspired Jolie to issue a fresh call to people across the globe to give what they can to help the relief effort.

The Tomb Raider actress acknowledges the worldwide concern about corruption allegations in Pakistan’s government, with the country’s leaders facing claims of mishandling aid funds since the disaster struck in late July.

But Jolie insists money donated via other aid organisations is making its way to victims and providing them with much-needed basic supplies.

She says, “I think the size of this disaster’s one that I have never seen the scale of.

“I don’t want some people to use it (corruption) as an excuse not to give assistance. I have seen what they have done in the field. I’ve physically seen people assisted, so if you are nervous about giving money directly in one way there are other ways to do it.”

More than 1,500 people have been killed after torrential downpours caused the worst flooding in the country for a century.