PICS: Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Ecuador

Celebrity News Jun. 18, 2010 AT 11:58AM
PICS: Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Ecuador PICS: Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Ecuador Credit: UNHCR/J. Bjorgvinsson/Sipa Press (2)

Colombian refugees in northern Ecuador made a famous new friend on Thursday: Angelina Jolie.

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Wearing a tank top, jeans and very little makeup, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Jolie, 35, looked radiant at a daycare center. She met with victims of domestic and sexual violence, and families still displaced from conflict that have plagued their native Colombia for decades. (Her love Brad Pitt wasn't on hand for the trip.)

"It's been eight years since I was last here and UNHCR's presence has grown considerably," Jolie noted in a statement.

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"I wanted to come back and meet with vulnerable people and focus on violence against women and unaccompanied minors," Jolie explained. "I am so happy to be able to reconnect with some familiar faces, refugees I had met with during my 2002 trip."

Jolie's appearance in the South American country is a lead up to World Refugee Day, June 20.

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The mother of six has been a UNHCR Goodwill ambassador since 2001 and has visited with refugees around the world.

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