Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Special envoy Jolie visits Ecuador

Angelina Jolie in Providencia, Ecuador (UNHCR/JTanner/AP)

Angelina Jolie visited Ecuador over the weekend in her first trip as special envoy for the UN refugee agency.

Angelina has visited various countries over the past decade as a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees but the agency said this was her first trip as special envoy since her appointment earlier this month.

The agency said in a statement that the Changeling actress was on her third trip to Ecuador to assess the situation of thousands of refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring Colombia.

During a two-day visit, the Oscar winner visited impoverished Colombian refugees in northern Sucumbios province, and also met Ecuadoran foreign minister Ricardo Patino.

The UN agency said Angelina encouraged the government to continue providing assistance to refugee families.

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