Jolie visits Bosnia, hopes to support education

In this photo issued by the Bosnian Presidency Press Office, U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, right, shakes hands with Haris Silajdzic, left, a Muslim member of the Bosnian tripartite Presidency, during her visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. A top official in Bosnia says Angelina Jolie is interested in supporting education and other projects to help young Bosnians and people who return to homes they left during the war. Jolie was also inspecting filming locations as she plans to shoot a movie in Bosnia. (AP Photo/Bosnian Presidency Press Office, HO)
August 21, 2010 6:14:26 PM PDT
A top official in Bosnia said Saturday that Angelina Jolie is interested in supporting education and other projects to help young Bosnians and people who return to homes they left during the war.

Haris Silajdzic, chairman of Bosnia's three-member Presidency, said after meeting the actress that she asked about ideas for projects she could support and they both concluded that "the absolute priority is education".

The aim would be turn Sarajevo into a regional center of education, Silajdzic said.

Jolie visited Bosnia in April as UNHCR ambassador and drew attention to the plight of 117,000 people who haven't able to return to their homes even though the Bosnia war ended 15 years ago.

Jolie was also inspecting filming locations. She said in a statement issued through UNHCR - the United Nations refugee agency - that she plans to start shooting a movie in Bosnia in the autumn.

"The film is a love story," and is about a couple that meets on the eve of the war, her statement said.


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