Angelina Jolie's visit to Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Posted by Genever McBain on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 16:44 pm
In her capacity as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie recently traveled to Ecuador to visit with Colombian refugees and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.
Jolie also visited the remote provincial capital of Lago Agrio, where upwards of 10,000 Colombians came through in 2001 to escape the ongoing violence in Colombia that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and left almost 2 million people homeless since the internal conflict began some 40 years ago. Hundreds of these refugees and asylum seekers have remained in Lago Agrio under UNHCR protection, and this remote jungle town now has the country's largest shelter.
While in Lago Agrio, Jolie stopped by the UNHCR offices and met with all the staff working there, including Rosa Recalde, HIAS' assistant coordinator.
Check out the full UNHCR press release.