We're devoting tonight's program to a global crisis that demands attention and answers. Today is World Refugee Day, and this year there is new urgency because the number of refugees has surged by 14 percent since 2006. It's the first increase since 2000.
The U.N High Commissioner for Refugees says more than 20 million people can't go home.
14 million of them are displaced within their own countries. That's like having everyone here in New York suddenly homeless.
A lot of the increase is due to people fleeing the violence in Iraq.
Last year alone, more than one million people fled from Iraq. We're talking about numbers. But of course we are dealing with lives and families and children.
Joining us tonight will be Angelina Jolie. The Academy Award winning actress is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador who spends much of her time trying to help refugees and raise awareness of their immense suffering.
Along with my in-depth interview with Jolie, we are going to bring you several special reports on the current refugee crisis. Our correspondents have been dispatched across the world with stories that humanize a tragedy that many feel is being ignored.
Also, we want to give you as many facts as possible. That's why we want you to check out these links:The Global Medical Relief FundThe List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies
State Department's FAQ for Iraqi Refugees Crisis Guide: Darfur
Here's another site where you can donate online.U.N High Commissioner on Refugees
See you tonight.
--By Anderson Cooper