10/28/2004 at 09:00 AM EDT
Following a three-day visit to the Darfur region in the African nation of Sudan, actress Angelina Jolie described the conditions she witnessed as "unbelievably horrible."
Jolie, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for a U.N. refugee agency, has visited refugees in war-torn countries around the world. But she told reporters that the situation in Darfur eclipses any that she has seen so far, Reuters reports.
"I'd say this is the worst situation I've seen … it is just one of the worst things that has happened on the planet to a people," she said.
The fighting in Darfur has displaced more than a million and a half people, according to U.N. estimates, and has resulted in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The United States has called the violence in that country genocide.
Jolie said that the unrest in that country is difficult to understand, but that there is nowhere in the region that is completely safe. And even though aid is coming in, Jolie said, "it is not a finished situation – it's very much going on now."
Jolie, who will next appear in Oliver Stone's Alexander, due Nov. 24, called for international aid to help the organizations that are offering assistance in that country.