Peru: Angelina Jolie meets with Venezuelan immigrants in Tumbes

17:49 | Tumbes (Tumbes region), Oct. 22.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Monday visited Catholic-Church-run Santa Ana shelter for Venezuelan immigrants in Peru's northern Tumbes region.

Afterward, the artist arrived at the region's Binational Border Attention Center (CEBAF). A Migrations office has opened at said establishment, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) personnel is also present there. 

Although the well-known actress and director has not made any statements to the press, she has talked with Venezuelan citizens in order to know about their situation. 

She arrived in the Peruvian capital's working-class San Juan de Lurigancho district to visit the Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) shelter, which opened more than a year ago to provide lodging and food for Venezuelans fleeing the economic crisis in their homeland.

Following up on the UNHCR's recent visit to the region, Jolie is undertaking a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and the challenges facing Peru as a host country, and to discuss the possible regional responses to the crisis.

According to the UNHCR, Peru is one of the countries most affected by the surge in Venezuelan refugees and migrants —the largest movement of people in Latin America's recent history.

The Inca country has received over 450,000 Venezuelans in the past 18 months, second only to Colombia in the number of refugees it has admitted from Venezuela.

Published: 10/22/2018
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