1.02.2007

Angelina Brings Gifts to Refugees in Costa Rica

Maybe Angelina really is an Angel.

Angelina and common law husband, Brad Pitt, spent Christmas handing out gifts to the Colombian refugees living in Costa Rica. Angelina made the trip in her role as goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and Pitt.

"It is especially shocking that such a tragedy can go on, year after year, with the rest of the world paying so little attention to it," she said in the Costa Rican capital San Jose, according to the U.N. agency.

The Central American country is home to an estimated 10,000 Colombian refugees.
"My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them," Jolie said.

According to the United Nations, up to 3 million people have been forced from their homes in Colombia by ongoing war. A decades old conflict between the rich and the poor, the war involves organized peasants from Columbia's vast and oppressed underclass against the Bogota-based ruling elites.

While nearby Venezuela has absorbed a large number of Colombians, many have also settled in the United States.

Since the U.S. has historically sided with Columbia's elites and have been advising and equipping the "government" against the rebellion, doesn't it seem dangerous to simply arrest and send the undocumented back to the violence?

Wouldn't it be best in brewing civil wars, for the U.S. and rightwing groups to stop supplying guns to the oppressive regimes, and instead create pressure for true democratization?

When the U.S. sides with the oppressors we create economic and political refugees--and thus, a steady stream of undocumented people entering the U.S.

I'd like to know from Tancredo, Buchanan and other anti-Americas immigrants, where are you in calling for the democratization of corrupt and oppressive societies?

Photo: Reuters