- Jolie called for support of the Venezuelan children without citizenship rights
- The actress met with Colombian President Ivan Duque during her two-day trip
- Comes after opposition leader Juan Guaido failed to overthrow President Maduro
Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie has called on the international community to help the 20,000 Venezuelan children who are at risk of being left without basic citizenship rights.
The 44-year-old actress, who was visiting refugees forced to flee their homes along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, drew attention to the thousands of children born abroad who were being left stateless as a result of the humanitarian crisis.
Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, who is on a two-day trip to meet Venezuelan migrants, called on the western world to provide more support to the South American countries sheltering the refugees.
The visit, which also saw the star meet with Colombian President Ivan Duque in Cartagena, comes a month after a failed attempted to overthrow President Maduro by the opposition leader Juan Guaido.
(Actress Angelina Jolie, who is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks during a news conference with Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Marquez)
(The actress urges the international community to help the 20,000 Venezuelan children who are at risk of being left stateless during her speech in Cartagena, Colombia)
(Pictured: Angelina Jolie meets with Ester Barboza, 17, in Riohacha, Colombia. The young girl fled Venezuela with her family due to lack of medical care)
(The actress visits children who have been forced to flee Venezuela. The visit comes a month after a failed attempted to seize power by the opposition leader Juan Guaido)
Speaking at a press conference the Academy Award-winner said: I’ve seen for myself the strain being placed on the schools and hospitals and local services, but I have also seen the inspiring humanity being shown by local communities.
‘The President and I spoke of the risk of statelessness for more than 20,000 Venezuelan children, his commitment to always helping children.
‘We discussed the search for durable solutions for the internationally displaced and refugees in the context of the Colombian peace process.
‘Above all, we agreed on the urgent need of the international community to give more support to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador who are bearing the brunt of this crisis.’
She added: ‘So, I am hopeful and optimistic about Colombia’s ability to weather these challenges and to emerge even stronger.
‘And I will certainly do my part to urge the international community to give support necessary to help achieve the long-term peace and stability of this very beautiful country.’
(Jolie meets with refugees along the border between Colombia and Venezuela in Maicao)
(Jolie (pictured with Colombian refugee Yoryanis Ojeda, 35) is on a two-day trip to meet Venezuelan migrants )
(The actress greets children during her visit to a refugee camp in the border between Colombia and Venezuela)
(Jolie delivers a speech during a press conference after visiting a refugee camp in the border between Colombia and Venezuela )
(The Hollywood actress greets children during her visit to the border city of Maicao in Colombia)
As the refugee crisis escalates, Venezuelan parents have found it increasingly difficult to register their baby’s birth as a result of an ever-shrinking number of Venezuelan consulates or because they do not have migration papers.
The UN estimates around four million Venezuelan refugees have fled their homeland since 2014 to Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
Following the visit, the Colombian president, whose country has received 1.3 million refugees from Venezuela, said he hoped Jolie’s visit would raise attention to the seriousness of the migration crisis.
(The actresss strokes the cheek of a baby as she meets migrants who have fled a crisis-hit Venezuela)
(Jolie meets refugees during her two-day visit to a refugee camp in the border between Colombia and Venezuela)
(Angelina Jolie speaks to people in Riohacha, Colombia , during a two-day visit in the country)
(In April Guiado announced the start of Operation Libertad to oust Maduro, hoping the military was about to defect to his side, but the effort failed (pictured, street protests))
(The move led to a series of clashes on the streets and was seen as a sign of Moscow’s weakening support for Venezuela)
Jolie’s visit comes as citizens of the country continue to flee to neighbouring Colombia where the government and aid agencies have tried to provide housing, food and healthcare.
In April violent clashes erupted in the country after the US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido tried and failed to oust President Maduro- who is seen as Venezuela’s interim president.
Guaido, whose effort was dubbed Operacion Libertad, had urged local military to rise up against the government in a video.
The operation, which translates to Operation Freedom, was unsuccessful and instead saw hundreds of rebellion protests erupt on the streets of Caracas.
Following the failed oust the Russian state defense contractor Rostec removed hundreds of its contractors from Venezuela’s, according to the Wall Street Journal.
(Locals cheer at a rally with Venezuela’s opposition leader and self proclaimed President Juan Guaido in Charallave)
(President Nicolas Maduro during the closing ceremony of the Latin American Meeting of Local Governments and Participatory Democracy in Caracas)