COLOMBIA / JOLIE VENEZUELAN REFUGEES

10-Jun-2019 00:02:25
On a two-day visit to Colombia, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie went to Colombia’s border area with Venezuela to assess the humanitarian response to the exodus of Venezuelan refugees and migrants. UNHCR
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STORY: COLOMBIA / JOLIE VENEZUELAN REFUGEES
TRT: 2:25
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 6-7 JUNE 2019, BRISA DEL NORTE BARRIO, RIOHACHA MIGRANTS CENTER, CASA DEL ABUELO, COLOMBIA
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1. Med shot, Angelina Jolie being greeted at the Casa Del Abuelo center in Riohacha
2.Med shot, Angelina Jolie clapping with children
3.Various shots, Jolie and Esther talking
4.SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Esther, Venezuelan Teenager:
“We couldn’t find food, and if we did it was very expensive, the same for my medication, we couldn’t find it and if we did it was triple or quadruple the price.”
5. Wide shot, Venezuelan mother laying down at Casa Del Abuelo
6. Med shot, two Venezuelan women talking at Casa Del Abuelo
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy:
“You are so impressive the way you have taken so many of these extreme things in your life and you are so elegant, and you are so thoughtful and you have so much strength.”
8. Med shot, children playing
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Esther, Venezuelan Teenager:
“I would like to be with my family in a stable place and have a comfortable home like we had in Venezuela.”
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy:
“I know that there are almost 4 million people now from Venezuela who have had to leave the country and the situation inside is so serious.”
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Linda Lopez, Venezuelan refugee:
“The poverty, the people are dying from hunger, from a lack of medicine, so we had to leave and fight and start from the beginning.”
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy:
“The people who have had to go through displacement, I think and go through it, like all of these young children and all of you, strongest people in the world.”
13.Close up, woman crying
14. Med shot, Jolie walking to meet a Colombian returnee
15. Med shot, Jolie and Colombia returnee talking
16.Med shot, Yoryanis Ojeda
STORYLINE
On a two-day visit to Colombia, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie went to Colombia’s border area with Venezuela to assess the humanitarian response to the exodus of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.

The number of Venezuelans leaving their country has reached four million, making Venezuelans one of the single largest population groups displaced from their country.

In Colombia, some 1.3 million have sought refuge. The department of La Guajira in Colombia hosts the third largest number of people originally from Venezuela, after Bogota and Norte de Santander. Over half of them live in the street or in informal sites.

During her visit, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie went to an informal settlement known as “Brisa Del Norte”, where Colombians and Venezuelans have found shelter. She also met with Venezuelans at the Riohacha Refugee and Migrant Center and ended her day at Casa del Abuelo, a centre for older homeless people that is also taking in Venezuelans who fled their country.

At Casa Del Abuelo, Jolie met Venezuelan teenager Esther Barboza, who fled her hometown Maracaibo in November of 2018. Ester is visually impaired because of a childhood accident and has been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She could no longer access medication in Venezuela and now needs an urgent operation.

This was her 65th mission overall with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, since 2001. She was joined by the agency’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kelly Clements, who had just spent three days with Venezuelan refugees in Ecuador.
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