ECHO Visits Colombian Refugees in the Ecuadorian Northern Border
Ecuador receives approximately 1000 Colombian refugees every month. Most settle in vulnerable communities in the norther border.
Members of the ECHO mission visiting the Ecuadorian northern border travel by boat in the Esmeraldas region, accompanied by a WFP and UNHCR delegation.
The delegation was well received by Ecuadorian and Colombian refugees living in the Ecuadorian northern border.
Refugees living in the Ecuadorian northern border face difficult conditions. The ECHO delegation visited several of their homes.
The delegation visited the store where refugees exchange their WFP vouchers for fruits, vegetables and other fresh products.
The store offers a great variety of products, but WFP vouchers can only be exhcanged for products on a list of nutritious foods.
Thanks to ECHO support, WFP gives food assistance to recently-arrived Colombian refugees in Ecuador. A EU delegation visited the northern border, met with refugees and witnessed assistance activities by WFP and UNHCR.