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Refugees in Bosnia get homes after Jolie's visit

Thursday, November 03, 2011
Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt

Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive for the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (AP Photo / AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Thirteen refugees whose plight drew attention after movie star Angelina Jolie visited their camp in Bosnia have moved into a U.S.-financed apartment building they've dubbed Villa Angelina.

The 13 were the last in their camp, an old building designated for people displaced by fighting in Bosnia that ended 16 years ago.

For years, authorities in Rogatica tried to find a permanent solution for them, but it wasn't until after Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt visited last year that the U.S. agreed to donate some $600,000 for housing.

Patrick Moon, the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, opened the doors of the two-story building Thursday.

Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency. The refugees in Rogatica are convinced her lobbying aided their cause.

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