The American actress Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as representative of the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), moved on the afternoon of Monday, October 22, 2018 to the border of Peru with Ecuador to watch the massive daily arrival to Peruvian territory of Venezuelan citizens fleeing the economic crisis in their country.
In the second of her three days of mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the refugees in Venezuela and the challenges facing Peru as a host country, Jolie found that more than a thousand Venezuelan citizens cross the border from Ecuador to stay in Peru or continue their way to Chile or Argentina.
The presence of the Hollywood star in the Binational Center of Attention in Frontier (Cebaf) shared by Peru and Ecuador generated excitement among the hundreds of Venezuelan migrants who at that moment were waiting to carry out the process or leaving this with his stamp freshly put on the passport.
There she also saw the attention that the Red Cross makes in one of the main points of passage of this exodus, a migration that takes most of them for several days of travel and even long walks to reach Peru.
Near the city of Tumbes (Peru), Jolie also visited a dining room managed by the religious association Madres de Santa Ana, where food and lodging is offered to Venezuelans recently arrived in Peru, who find in this space a place to rest and search their first opportunities after weeks of travel.
A similar visit took place this Sunday when she spoke with Venezuelans staying at the Sin Fronteras hostel, run by Peruvian businessman René Cobeña, already the first home in Lima for most of the Venezuelan refugees who arrive in the Peruvian capital.
As reported by UNHCR in a statement, Jolie’s trip will include meetings with authorities in addition to Venezuelan migrants and refugees, as well as representatives of civilian entities that provide assistance to Venezuelans who left their country.
Peru is, with at least 456,000 Venezuelans arrived in barely a year and a half, the second country that has received the most immigrants from this migratory phenomenon, second only to Colombia, which borders the one million.
About 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country as a result of the crisis, according to the latest figures from the UN, which warned of the lack of food and medicine suffered by the population. (I)