Angelina Jolie Visits Colombian Refugees in Ecuador

Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, talks to a 10-year-old Haitian boy who lost a limb during the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, during a three-day mission to visit with victims Feb. 9, 2010. Marco Di Lauro/UNHCR

Angelina Jolie visits a day-care center in Ecuador's Amazon region
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With her upcoming spy film "Salt" about to be released, actress Angelina Jolie has concluded a journey to a small troubled village along the Ecuadoran border with Colombia, meetiing with some of the thousands of Colombian refugees there.

The U.N. goodwill ambassador went to address the abuses suffered by Colombian women and children refugees.

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In her firsts visit to the unstable zone in eight years, Jolie held a meeting on Friday with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and other senior government officials in Shushufindi.

She began her two-day visit on Thursday at the secluded border settlement of Barranca Bermeja. According to the U.N., the women whom Jolie met there had each lost two children in Colombia's internal war.

The Associated Press reported that more than 50,000 refugees are registered in Ecuador though unofficial estimates put the number at more than 170,000.

  • Amanda Cochran

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