Bosnian Officials Honor Angelina Jolie for Refugee Housing 'Villa Angelina'
On Thursday, thirteen Bosnian refugees moved into an apartment complex built specifically for refugees who had been displaced during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Acting as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie met with the elderly refugees in the town of Rogatica. During the Bosnian war more than 100,000 people were left dead and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
Jolie’s trip caused a stir in the U.S. and drew attention to the plight of the displaced Bosnians. Government officials in the U.S. agreed to donate $500,000 for a housing project that would benefit the last Bosnians left in a small refugee camp — an old rundown school.
Bosnian officials decided to honor the actress who brought attention to the plight of the refugees by naming the newly built apartment complex ‘Villa Angelina’. Previously, the thirteen refugees left in the school refugee camp shared rooms and only had access to one bathroom.
One refugee, Lena Babic, 79, told the Associated Press, “Angelina saw everything. She said, if I can do anything, you will have your own bathroom. She could not have done it on her own, others also helped, but she is the one who is in my heart.”
Babic now has a place that is fully furnished with a functioning bathroom that she can call her own. None of the tenants in ‘Villa Angelina’ will ever have to move again. The complex belongs to the municipality, but the officials have granted the tenants the right to live in the apartments for the rest of their lives.
Each apartment in ‘Villa Angelina’ has a living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The two-story complex is very noticeable among the other buildings in Rogatica because of its yellow color and outstanding beauty.