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.'”