Movie star Angelina Jolie never feels intimidated when she meets with politicians to discuss refugee issues - because she knows what she's talking about.

The TOMB RAIDER star spent Tuesday (08MAR05) and Wednesday (09MAR05) in Washington DC talking to top politicians and lawmakers and urged them to support refugee charity groups, and she never felt patronised or stupid.

She says, "I realised a few years ago that if you care emotionally and if you are genuinely invested then you can get through this stuff, because you mean it and you don't get lost in the, 'God, am I smart enough? Am I appropriate enough?'

"Trip after trip, it has been easier because I've found that people do respond to compassion.

"And since I've travelled a lot, I can say, 'Look, I don't know all the policies about these kids but I can tell you I met five of them and this is who they are and this is what they said and this is why this makes sense.'

"I can say, 'I saw these kids and they're not OK... They were terrified and this is one small section of what's going on.'

"I didn't go to college and I'm not really smart about things, but I can look at numbers and understand that it's not smart to not invest in these people."

11/03/2005 09:32