Angelina Jolie Meets With Colombian Refugees In Ecuador

By CHANDRA PRICE

Photos: Courtesy of UNHCR

Fresh from a family trip with Brad Pitt and the kids in the Galapagos Islands, Angelina Jolie jets to Ecuador over the weekend for her first field visit as Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Makeup-free and ready to get down to business on a diplomatic mission, Angie treks through the jungle on the banks of the San Miguel River in her wellies with a group led by a bean farmer named Plinio. Plinio is the president of the Providencia community, including 24 Afro-Colombian refugee families.

The mom-of-six – who was just promoted to special envoy to the UNHCR last week after a decade of serving as a goodwill ambassador - also met with residents on the border between Ecuador and Colombia in Barranca Bermeja.

Angelina, 36, explains how dire the situation is for the refugees: “My heart breaks… I wish I could express to all of the people of Ecuador how much it means to the people who are here. Please be tolerant and understanding. These are people who have suffered so much violence… nobody wants to become a refugee. Nobody wants to be living away from home… living on borrowed land and having to beg for a Visa every year.”