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Angelina visiting South Korea in aid for the refugees from Yemen

Angelina, Pax and Maddox has been seen in South Korea for the last couple of days and they also visited some universities so perhaps one of her sons are checking them out for future studies. Also yesterday, on November 3, Angelina had a meeting with UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea Jung Woo-sung at the UN Refugee Agency’s office in Seoul, South Korea to discuss global refugee issues and South Korea’s treatment of Yemeni refugees who arrived on the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May. She also had a meeting with South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki to discuss the same issue.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today called for the urgent establishment of a ceasefire in Yemen and a lasting settlement to the conflict. She welcomed recent discussion of a halt to hostilities, and called on the United Nations Security Council, working with countries in the region, to find a negotiated end to the conflict and to uphold international laws on the protection of civilians. She appealed for greater understanding of refugee protection laws, and for all countries to play their part in alleviating the human suffering in Yemen.

Jolie is currently visiting South Korea, where several hundred Yemenis are being hosted after fleeing the conflict.

She said: “As an international community we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen. We have watched the situation deteriorate to the point that Yemen is now on the brink of man-made famine, and facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades. When conflict develops to this extent, many people have no choice but to flee if they are to have any chance of survival. The only way to enable refugees to return home, and to bring down the overall numbers worldwide, is to end conflicts themselves. I hope there can be greater understanding of the human realities causing people to flee, the strict legal criteria and process by which refugee status is determined by UNHCR, working with national authorities, and our shared responsibility to assist refugees until they can return home. Without a global response based on international law and collective responsibility, we risk much greater instability and insecurity over the long term, which would have a negative impact on all countries.”

Angelina Jolie is in South Korea in her role as a Special Envoy for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, advocating for vitally needed support for refugees globally. Her visit to Seoul follows that of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on 23-24 October.

Meeting with South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki, who heads the ministry responsible for domestic refugee policies, Jolie expressed appreciation for South Korea’s efforts to help around 500 Yemenis who arrived in the country’s tourist island of Jeju in May. She acknowledged the importance of the thorough procedures and vetting in place as well as efforts to provide protection until the time when they are able to safely return to their country of origin. She also expressed UNHCR’s wish to work more closely with the Korean authorities on strengthening their asylum system.

Angelina Jolie conveyed UNHCR’s thanks to the people of South Korea for their support to refugees worldwide. The private sector in South Korea is donating millions, largely from some 230,000 generous individual donors, demonstrating South Koreans’ strong sense of solidarity with refugees and UNHCR. She noted that South Korea, with its own history of overcoming war and displacement and as one of the largest economies in the world, has the potential to play an important leadership role in the region. Jolie also welcomed South Korea’s recent efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

In Seoul, the Special Envoy also met South Korean actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Jung Woo-sung. They discussed the recent public concerns in Korea over the arrival of Yemenis in Jeju, as well as their respective missions with UNHCR. Jolie was a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador from 2001-2012 before she was appointed Special Envoy for the organization. Jung became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2015.

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Angelina Makes an Important Trip to Help Refugees

Popsugar posted an important article about Angelina and her visit to Peru for the refugees who has had to come there from Venezuela. The article includes several quotes and information from Angelina herself.

Angelina Jolie is leaving her mark on the world! The actress — who is known for her passionate philanthropic work — is currently on a three-day visit to Peru as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR). Peru has become a host country for thousands of Venezuelans who are seeking refugee status, and Angelina has made it her mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the refugees and asylum seekers as well as possible solutions to the country’s crisis. During her visit, Angelina has met with migrants, refugees, and representatives of the government of Peru, including Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio.

In the exclusive video and photos provided by the UNHCR, Angelina is shown meeting a dance group called Inyectando Kultura (Injecting Culture) in Lima. The youth group was forced out of their homes in Venezuela and now support their families back home with the money they earn through dancing at street lights. The dancers have also built spaces in Peru where Venezuelans can visit to heal and move on.

Angelina gave a press conference with Néstor on Tuesday, during which she discussed the crisis Venezuelans are facing and their dreams of living better lives. “This region is facing one of the largest mass migrations in its history. The crisis is all the more shocking for being predictable and preventable,” Angelina said. “Every Venezuelan I met described the situation in their country as desperate. I heard stories of people dying because of a lack of medical care and medicine: cancer patients whose chemotherapy was abruptly stopped, diabetes sufferers without access to insulin, children without basic antibiotics, people starving, and tragic accounts of violence and persecution.”

She then explained how none of the people she met want charity. Instead, they want “an opportunity to help themselves.” “I met a man who, until a few months ago, was a lawyer in Venezuela. He now is grateful for a small job in a t-shirt factory. Like many others, his only aim is to be able to send a few dollars home so his children can eat,” she explained. “The message that I heard consistently was: ‘We didn’t want to leave; we had to leave.’ After having spoken to so many people, it is clear to me that this is not movement by choice.”

“The message that I heard consistently was: ‘We didn’t want to leave; we had to leave.'”
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Third day in Peru, meets with Peru’s President

Today, October 23, Angelina held a meeting with Peru’s President, Martín Vizcarra, at 9:00 am, the meeting was held at the Government Palace. Also participating was the minister of Foreign Affairs, Néstor Popolizio.

At the end of the meeting, the Peruvian Foreign Minister and the UNHCR Special Envoy held a press conference, in order to give details of Angelina’s official visit to the country, and to know and analyze the situation of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

We will try and find the full press conference and add it to the video archive as well, for now we have two shorter news segements.

Article from UNHCR with quotes from Angelina

Outside the white and blue building where immigration formalities are carried out, Venezuelan families camp under trees or wherever they can find some shade.
There are groups of people everywhere, sitting around their piled up belongings, holdall bags and suitcases. Big white tents function as clinics, nurseries, vaccination centres and information points. Adults and children eat and sleep in the open air or in the corridors, while they wait to apply for asylum in Peru.

Since August 2018, Tumbes, a hot and dusty border town in Peru’s arid northern coast, has seen the arrival of tens of thousands of destitute Venezuelan refugees and migrants. Currently, some 2,000 cross from Ecuador every day.

UNHCR’s Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, was there this week, in order to witness the humanitarian situation, during an official visit to Peru on behalf of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who visited Tumbes himself earlier this month.

Peru is one of the countries most affected by the surge in Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the last three years – the largest movement of people in Latin America’s recent history.

In Tumbes, Jolie visited the Daughters of Saint Anne, who have turned their convent into a soup kitchen, where hundreds of women, children and men can have at least one hot meal a day. She also visited the binational border post and a shelter for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the Peruvian capital, Lima. She spoke to many refugees who told her about the reasons why they had to flee Venezuela.
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Second day for Angelina in Peru

As usual when Angelina is visiting countries in her role as an UNHCR Special Envoy, she has a busy schedule and she tries to do as much as possible. On October 22nd, she went to the city of Tumbes in the district of Corrales, where she visited an shelter run by the mothers of Santa Ana where Venezuelan women and children are cared for who left their country due to the crisis. After this she went to a meeting at the Plaza Mayor de Tumbes Help Center in Tumbesm which is also a place to assist the Venezuelan refugees who have just arrived in Peru.

After these two visits she also went to the Binational Border Care Center (Cebaf), where there are about 3,500 Venezuelans waiting to enter Peru.

The UN has asked Angelina Jolie to Peru to assess the situation of refugees venezuelans, has announced the High Commissioner for refugees, several local media indicating that she had arrived on Sunday in Lima.

As a goodwill ambassador for the united nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), the hollywood star will conduct “a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of refugees venezuelans”, who are fleeing en masse the economic crisis in their country, “and the challenges facing Peru, as host country,” according to a press release from the UNHCR.

According to an estimate of Lima, 456.000 Venezuelans currently residing in Peru, compared to 6,000 in 2016.

According to the united nations, 2.3 million Venezuelans (or 7.5% of them) live abroad, of which 1.6 million have emigrated since 2015, when the shortages of food and medicine have worsened, in parallel to the hyperinflation. Inflation is expected to reach 1.350.000% this year, according to the IMF.

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Angelina in Peru in her role as UNHCR Special Envoy

Angelina is currently in Peru with the UNHCR and we have added photos and videos from her visiting refugees and charity workers there. She will probably stay there for some days so we are sure we will get to see more photos.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is carrying out an official visit to Peru this week. 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.

Following up on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees 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.

During her mission, the Special Envoy will meet refugees, representatives of the Government of Peru and organizations contributing to the humanitarian response. She will visit programmes providing protection and assistance to asylum-seekers, refugees and host families, and observe Peru’s generous response to Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

The Special Envoy focuses on major displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. The Special Envoy Jolie last visited Latin America in 2012, for a mission to Ecuador, her third visit to meet then Colombian refugees in the region.

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