UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie travels to Colombia's border area with Venezuela

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie will travel to Colombia’s border area with Venezuela on Friday to assess the humanitarian response to the exodus of Venezuelan refugees and migrants – the largest and fastest movement of people in Latin America’s recent history.

Jolie is undertaking a two-day mission to evaluate the enormous challenges that Colombia and other host countries are facing in responding to this unprecedented crisis.

During her visit, the Special Envoy, together with UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kelly Clements, will meet with the Colombian Government and various organizations contributing to the humanitarian response along with Venezuelans and Colombians hosting them.

The Special Envoy and the Deputy High Commissioner will hold a press conference at the end of the visit on Saturday, 8 June 2019, in the province of La Guajira.

The Special Envoy focuses on major displacement crises, representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. She last visited the Latin America region in October 2018, when she highlighted the situation of Venezuelan refugees in Peru.

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