European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Ecuador: supporting Colombians leaving war and abuse
The first step requires the most courage. After years of abuse and living in the reality of one of the world's longest conflicts, Sandra* had the courage to take the first step and leave Colombia to save herself and her children's future.
Alone, with no money or safety nets, she crossed into Ecuador and managed to reach an emergency shelter funded by the EU and operated by the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Here, vulnerable migrants receive hygiene and first aid kits, clothing, footwear, sim cards to call their families, and support to access medical services such as prescriptions or consultations.
In 2022, the EU allocated €6.2 million for UNHCR to support vulnerable migrants and refugees in Latin America and the Caribbean.
* Name changed for protection reasons.
Story and photos by UNHCR.
Publication date: 07/03/2023