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Ecuadorean Actor Speaks Charity With Unhcr

Ecuadorean actor Roberto Manrique has gathered a loyal following in the region for his roles in Latin American telenovelas, or soap operas. The 31-year-old soared to stardom after appearing in soaps such as “Los Victorinos” and “El Clon.” But away from the small screen and the stage, he has recently developed a keen interest in the welfare of refugees in a country that hosts some 135,000 people of concern to Unhcr.

Most of them are from neighbouring Colombia, where Manrique works for the Telemundo network. His interest in refugee issues stemmed from a chance meeting in Bogotá with Xavier Creach, head of Unhcr’s office in the northern Ecuadorean town of Lago Agrio. Creach invited the actor to visit the area and meet refugees in the rainforest. Manrique talked recently to Unhcr Public Information Officer Sonia Aguilar about his humanitarian work and his association with Unhcr.

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