UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with Dona Marianera and family.
Ecuador: Dona Marianera holds a picture of a football team with her son Jose Luis (bottom right). Jose was one of 8 football team members to be killed that day
In the coming days she will receive the remains of her son, killed twelve years ago in Colombia.
Angelina has previously met with Dona Marianera during previous visits to Ecuador in 2002 and 2010. Dona Marianera has 8 children and is suffering from cancer; likely to be related to contamination of the nearby water course by the oil industry (Texaco).
The UN refugee agency’s new Special Envoy of High Commissioner Antonio Guterres, Ms. Angelina Jolie, is visiting Ecuador this weekend in her first field visit since being appointed to her new position this month.
Ms. Jolie, who conducted more than 40 field visits over the last decade
as UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador, is on her third trip to Ecuador to
assess the current situation for refugees from Colombia – the largest
refugee population in Latin America.
Ecuador currently hosts some 56,000 refugees, 21,000 asylum-seekers and continues to receive 1,300 new applications for protection each month from people fleeing Colombia’s ongoing violence. Many live in the remote and poor northern areas of the country close to the Colombian border.