London: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie was thanked for "doing incredible things" at the Woman in the World summit by a Rwandan genocide survivor.

The 36-year-old actress, who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, spoke about the plight of Somali refugees at the event at the Lincoln Centre in New York and was introduced by Rwandan genocide survivor Sandra Uwiringiyimana to the stage, a magazine reported.

During her address, Jolie told the story of Dr Hawa Abdi, who runs a medical camp in Somalia which is now being overrun by militants and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

Other speakers at the three-day summit include politician Hillary Clinton and actress Meryl Streep.