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Jane is one of an estimated 250,000 Colombian refugees living in Ecuador. a single mother of 3 children.
Jane's younger son
Jane supports her family by making wooden frames and mirrors
Jane's older son has an autistic spectrum disorder. here he is with his younger brother.
Maria is a second generation refugee. she left Colombia with her family when she was 11 years old. now 17, she hope to study journalism at a university.
Maria in her family's one room apartment.
Lydia lives with her 3 children in a 1 room apartment. She requested that her face not be shown in the pictures in fear of her Colombian pursuers.
A refugee couple receiving consult regarding their legal status from a volunteer legal advocate in Quito.
Refugee woman during consult in Quito office
Many Colombians refugees enter Ecuador at the small port of San Lorenzo, a northern coastal town in the province of Esmeraldas.
Boats at the port of San Lorenzo are used both as a mean to cross the Colombia-Ecuador border and for fishing.
"Unofficial" market in San Lorenzo. many refugees without legal status struggle to make a living by selling different products.
Refugee selling coconuts in San Lorenzo.
Shellfish for sale
Food stands are another way for undocumented refugees to make a living.
Children of undocumented reugees help support their families instead of going to school.
Undocumented refugee families are reluctant to register children at schools.
Sign inviting refugees to attend consult in the church in San Lorenzo.
Rita explaining the process of applying for refugee status.
Rita explaining the asylum request proccess to refugees.
Rita giving personal legal consult at the church in San Lorenzo.