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U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie visits Venezuelan refugees

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U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie visits Venezuelan refugees

U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie visits Venezuelan refugees

Oscar-winning Actress Angelina Jolie visited refugees in camps along the Colombian-Venezuelan border on Friday as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees amid new estimates four million Venezuelans have fled.

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U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie visits Venezuelan refugees

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish with English translation) VENEZUELAN REFUGEE, ESTER (SURNAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: ''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." Ester is just one of four million Venezuelan refugees and migrants, according to the United Nations latest estimate, forced to flee their home country as political turmoil morphs into an economic and humanitarian crisis.

Actress Angelina Jolie, special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited a refugee camp on the Colombian-Venezuelan border to bring attention to their plight.

The Academy Award winning actress spent time singing with children and greeting families, but was there mostly to listen.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR SPECIAL ENVOY, ANGELINA JOLIE SAYING: ''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, the strongest people in the world.

And I also know that all of you are so capable and so talented and such amazing families." Colombia, which shares a border to the north with Venezuela, stands out among its South America neighbors in lending a helping hand by taking in 1.3 million Venezuelans.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN REFUGEE, LINDA LOPEZ, SAYING: ''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." There may be a tiny crack in the catastrophe caused by crippling hyper-inflation and political bickering.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday agreed to a partial opening at the border with Colombia, which should provide some basic goods and services to flow once again through the border, which has been shut since February when opposition leaders tried and failed to bring aid across.




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