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Angelina Jolie joins Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Myanmar female factory workers

Angelina Jolie with Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo: The Telegraph)

August 2, 2015

Angelina Jolie is currently on a tour of Burma where she joins democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi visit factory workers to talk about their poor conditions

Angelina Jolie met with Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi to visit female factory workers in Yangon to learn more about their dire conditions. 

Jolie, who is a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, is on a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation. 

During her meeting with the factory workers, on the outskirts of an industrial zone in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. Jolie and Suu Kyi witnessed first hand the conditions the women live in, mostly low cost hostels. Jolie also toured inside the factory. 

She traveled to Kachin state earlier this week, home to more than 10,000 displaced people since a ceasefire between Myanmar's government and ethnic rebels broke down in 2011.

According to her trip details, it is unlikely that Jolie will be able to travel to western Rakhine State, where more than 100,000 Muslim minority Rohingya live in apartheid-like conditons in camps. 

It is Jolie's first visit to Myanmar, Burma, which only recently emerged from decades of military rule. More than a dozen ethnic minority groups, mostly in Myanmar's border areas, have been fighting for greater autonomy. 

Recently, world attention has turned to the plight of stateless Rohingya Muslims who have been trafficked from Myanmar and Bangladesh on board overcrowded boats. Dozens of graves as well as pens likely used as human cages have been found in abandoned jungle camps on both sides of the Thailand-Malaysian border. 

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