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Jolie heads to Africa, with MTV tagging along

Angelina will visit remote Kenyan villages with economist Jeffrey Sachs
/ Source: The Associated Press

A trip to Kenya by Angelina Jolie and U.N. adviser and economist Jeffrey Sachs will air Sept. 14 on MTV as part of the cable music network’s “Diary” series.

“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, MTV said in a statement Monday.

Jolie recently adopted her daughter, Zahara Marley, from Ethiopia. She has a 4-year-old son, Maddox, who was adopted from Cambodia.

“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,” the 30-year-old actress said in a statement.

Sachs is a special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, director of the U.N. Millennium Project and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

The September 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, MTV said.