Angelina Jolie visits Colombian refugees in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador - Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has visited displaced Colombians forced to seek refuge across the border in Ecuador as a special envoy of Antonio Guterres, the high commissioner for refugees, the UNHCR announced Sunday.
It was the first such working visit for the screen star since Guterres named her to the post this month. She has been a UN goodwill ambassador since 2001, and as such has made 40 visits around the world in the past decade.
The new post will see the Oscar-winning actress perform a more diplomatic role.
“She is expected to focus on large-scale crises resulting in the mass displacement of people, to undertake advocacy and represent UNHCR and Mr. Guterres at the diplomatic level, engaging with relevant interlocutors on global displacement issues,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said last week.