More than 5 million people have left Venezuela since 2015. The number of people fleeing Venezuela is second only to the number fleeing Syria. Despite this, Venezuelans have not received the same aid or attention as refugees elsewhere.
WHY ARE VENEZUELANS LEAVING THEIR COUNTRY?
Venezuelans are leaving due to social, political, and economic unrest. The political crisis of President Nicolás Maduro's government has led to hyperinflation, low wages, food insecurity, and a rise in violence. It is nearly impossible to feel safe or find food in many communities.
WHERE ARE PEOPLE GOING?
The vast majority stay in Latin America. Colombia, which shares a border with Venezuela, has taken in the most refugees (1.8 million), followed by Peru (853,400) [source].
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS IN COLOMBIA WITH COVID?
Colombia has established Venezuelan refugees' rights to COVID-19 testing and treatment. But access to healthcare remains precarious. Venezuelans are often denied entry to hospitals and health centers. Few have been tested. Most fear tests will be used to deport them.
The Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela | TEDx → https://bit.ly/TEDxVZCrisis
Understanding the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis | Wilson Center → https://bit.ly/VZread1
Venezuela’s refugee crisis: Views from the border | Brookings → https://bit.ly/VZread2
How COVID Threatens Venezuelans in Colombia | Refugee Intl → https://bit.ly/VZread3
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HOW WE ARE WORKING TO SUPPORT VENEZUELAN REFUGEES:
Our partner organization Fundacion Colombia Nuevos Horizontes is working hard to be part of the solution for Venezuelan refugees on the ground in Colombia. They provide temporary lodging, three hot meals a day, social work and mental health services, and work with great personal, human care to empower people who are forced into a refugee situation to have skills, tools, and support they need to move forward in their new life, at their own pace.
Supporting the overhead costs that the Foundation incurs has a direct impact in the lives of people who have fled their homes in Venezuela. It enables Marino Rivera, the director, to invest his time in supporting people, and growing the program, rather than hustling constantly to simply cover rent (read more about the cycle of poverty and the mental toll of all people facing economic scarcity here; numerous studies show that simply providing cash resources markedly improves quality of life). The foundation, still also supports the people it was initially designed to support: internally displaced Colombian people, who have been displaced due to violence or other economic or social conditions.