Angelina Jolie made her first field visit as a Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees over the weekend, meeting with Colombian refugees in Ecuador.
According to the UNHCR, Ecuador is home to 56,000 refugees and 21,000 asylum-seekers. The Oscar winner urged the government to continue with its open asylum policy and "maintain its tradition of helping vulnerable people in need," saying that it is "very important that UNHCR and the government come here and give assistance. But it is also important that we help the local people understand what it is to be a refugee, what they've come from, what they've survived, what their intentions are. And their intentions are simply that they want to be safe and to have a decent life for their family."