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.