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MTV to air trip by Jolie to Africa
A journey to Kenya by "Tomb Raider" star Angelina Jolie and noted economist Jeffrey Sachs will air Sept. 14 on MTV.
"The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa" will follow their trip to Sauri, a remote group of villages in western Kenya, where Sachs' U.N. Millennium Project team is working to end poverty, hunger and disease, the music cable network said in a statement Monday.
"We are at a unique threshold in human history, where the crisis we face in Africa is matched only by our degree of hope that we can and will be a force for positive change," said the 30-year-old actress, who is a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
"I'm certain the stories in this special will inspire viewers the same way these experiences have inspired me, and I'm hopeful that increased awareness of the issues in Africa will bring about a new wave of progress and activism among young people everywhere," Jolie said in a statement.
Sachs is special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, director of the U.N. Millennium Project and director of Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Jolie recently adopted her daughter, Zahara Marley, from Ethiopia. She also has a 4-year-old son, Maddox, whom she adopted from Cambodia.
The Sept. 14 premiere of the special will coincide with the opening of the U.N. Special Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, which in 2000 were adopted by nearly 200 world leaders to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by 2015, MTV said.