Angelina Jolie shakes hands with the Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio during a meeting on Tuesday (October 23) in Lima, Peru.
The pair met at the Government Palace to hold a press conference. Angelina, who is the UNHCR special envoy, is in the country to meet with Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in the country and to discuss the situations they’re faced with.
“Every Venezuelan I met described the situation in their country as desperate,” Angelina said (via People). “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 continued, “None of the Venezuelans I met want charity. They want an opportunity to help themselves. 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.”
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